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REVIEW: CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/5/2013

Richard Thompson, 'Electric'

The album might more accurately be titled "Eclectic" rather than "Electric," because the material ranges from autumnal folk ("Another Small Thing in Her Favour") to hard-rock stomp ("Stuck on a Treadmill"). Drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk bring the thunder when needed, but also can be sensitive accomplices.

The quieter material, such as the melancholy "Salford Sunday" and the surprisingly poignant "My Enemy," seems even more devastating when set against the twisted ferocity of "Stoney Ground," the garage-rocking "Straight and Narrow" and the wicked "Sally B." Thompson's guitar contains multitudes, the raunchiest riffs morph into spiraling solos that suggest Scottish bagpipes, Eastern sitars or the backward psychedelic effects of "Revolver"-era Beatles. It ends on an acoustic grace note, "Saving the Good Stuff for You": "I’ve seen trouble from every direction, my old head is peppered with gray," it begins, and then holds out the possibility of new beginnings when one least expects it.

3.5 stars (out of 4)

Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

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