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REVIEW: ALL MUSIC - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/14/2013 (updated 2/17/2013)

Richard Thompson Electric

Electric crackles with an amplified energy, even when the instrumentation is decidedly quieter. Much of this is due to Thompson's decision to record the album at Buddy Miller's intimate home studio in Nashville, as Miller favors a speedy solution to recording, favoring vibe over perfection. As such, there's atmosphere and air to spare on Electric -- it's music that breathes, never feeling suffocated -- and there's plenty of room for Thompson to spin out spiraling guitar leads, but the focus isn't on his peerless playing or even his sharply crafted songwriting, which is once again finely observed and richly detailed. No, the distinguishing character of Electric is its feel, how Miller creates a wide-open space for Thompson, a vista that showcases his crackling musicianship and sharp songs.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music

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