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REVIEW: SLEEPING HEDGEHOG - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/10/2013 (updated 2/15/2013)

Richard Thompson: Electric

...And it's a strong set of songs - overall as strong as anything he's done in years. The rockers rock indeed, starting with the opening track "Stony Ground." The sound here is reminiscent of Miller's award-winning work with Robert Plant, both solo and with Alison Krauss, and it's heavy on the percussion, with Jerome's kit, a tambourine, handclaps and possibly more driving the rhythm.

"Stuck On The Treadmill" treads familiar ground for Thompson, last visited on his jazzy duo album with bassist Danny Thompson (no relation) Industry - the plight of the blue-collar working stiff. It's an explicitly Brit-folk-rock modal tune and arrangement, the guitar riffs and tone reminiscent of "Backstreet Slide," for example. "Straight and Narrow" employs good old rock 'n' roll to paint a picture of a vampish female, as Thompson's rumbling, distorted guitar trades licks with what sounds like a Farfisa organ (nice touch!). I can easily imagine Gene Vincent singing this one, perhaps backed by the similarly roaring guitar histrionics of Link Wray.

Gary Whitehouse, Sleeping Hedgehog, A Journal of An Untraditional Nature

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