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2/14/2013 (updated 2/17/2013)

Electric Man: The Everyday Brilliance of Richard Thompson

The first impression you get when you hear a Richard Thompson song is that the man has lived. When I say that, I don't mean that he's spent his life indulging in drugs and alcohol and living the rock star lifestyle that so many people fantasize about; I mean that he's lived a real, normal life. He's loved, he's lost, he's fallen down and gotten right back up again. Aside from his impressive guitar chops and his taste in hats, there isn't a whole lot that separates Richard Thompson from anyone else. That's the sort of thing that appeals to the die-hard fans who hang on to every note he plays, but it's arguably what kept him from being a superstar in a time when the guitarist literally was God. So many casual music fans want larger than life heroes, the kind whose posters adorn the rooms of young, obsessive fans. That was never the sort of thing that Richard Thompson wanted from himself. In a musical landscape that has always been rife with liars, Thompson may be the closest we've ever gotten to an honest man.

Kevin Korber, ElmoreMagazine.com

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