"Electric" fits well within the continuum of Mr. Thompson's career, which is nearing the half-century mark. As he's done in the past, Mr. Thompson programmed the album to unfold like a concert set.
As a songwriter, Mr. Thompson allows the listener to bear witness as his characters share their dark, private thoughts. In "My Enemy," a down-tempo ballad, he tells a first-person tale, with novelistic insight and immediacy, of a friendship between two stubborn men that was broken long ago: "Now we're just two old men on the brink each waiting for the other to blink / If I should lose you I'd be left with nothing but fate." He cleaves the chilling environment with a stinging solo that speaks of the narrator's bitterness.