Richard Thompson is on top form on his latest musical offering Electric packing mighty punches in between homely emotive meanderings.
The magic kicks in from the outset with the stomping opener 'Stony Ground' a warning tale about old man Morris who takes a fancy to a widow "lost his heart to Buxom Betty, Throwing out the compliments like confetti". Needless to say it doesn't end well... there's not too many happy folk songs after all and although this is an 'electric' focused album that even Thompson admits has its 'in yer face' moments it is still has that strong folk link and feel.
Whilst this was clearly a challenging album for Thompson the beauty of it lies at the heart of what makes Thompson such an iconic artist. His music is honest and upfront and an absolute pleasure to listen to. He never fails to deliver but he has definitely excelled on this album, it's up there with the other treasures like Rumour & Sigh... another Grammy nomination? I hope so!