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REVIEW: SOMETHING ELSE! (2) - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/5/2013 (updated 2/5/2013)

Richard Thompson Electric

My SomethingElse! cohort Nick DeRiso has already published a more fact-based review. Me, I'm still too gassed by Thompson's string twiddling to do much straight thinking. Whether it's his guitar shadowing the vocals on "Sally B," the twangy snarl of "Straight and Narrow," or the wicked solo on "Good Things Happen To Bad People," you will dearly appreciate being whopped upside the head by these tunes.

The album's title does mislead a bit, as there's plenty of acoustic guitar as well, the best of which is the beautiful and wistful closing track "Saving The Good Stuff For You." It's a country ballad that's full of harmony, fiddle, and admissions. Maybe an odd way to close out an album titled "Electric" but sometimes the realization of the passage of time can carry it's own jolt.

Mark Saleski, Something Else!

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