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REVIEW: THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/8/2013 (updated 2/15/2013)

Richard Thompson Electric

''I GOT a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house.'' Producer Buddy Miller is describing his recent recording of Richard Thompson at his Nashville studio. While there is a subtle country twang here and there, this is most definitely pure Thompson. It is also one of Thompson's best.

The playing, with drummer Michael Jerome and bass player Taras Prodaniuk, swerves from folk to funk. The genius of Thompson is his marriage of the technique and the idea. He has never been divorced from it but on Electric, it shines through. From the first track, "Stony Ground", with its churning rhythm and menacing guitar riff, there is muscular intent. On "Sally B", Thompson, frankly, shows off, leaping into a solo that traverses rock and folk and signs off with an avant-garde flourish. Few guitarists are capable of this kind of virtuosity. Then there's "My Enemy", a ballad so delicate, its harmonies and solo so fragile, it could almost shatter like glass.

Warwick McFadyen, The Sydney Morning Herald

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