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AUDIO REVIEW: WBEZ SOUND OPINIONS - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
Forget Mumford & Sons; all hail Richard Thompson

2/15/2013 (updated 2/15/2013)

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02-15-13 Footnotes
Show 377: Jimmy Cliff, Richard Thompson Review & Jim's DIJ


The album is a masterpiece and you need to buy it!

To put it simply: our hosts think Richard Thompson is the most revered guitarist working today. And the fact that he's been doing it and doing it well for over 4 decades is nothing short of a miracle. So yes, that means his latest album, Electric, is a Buy It. Need we say more?

Forget Mumford & Sons; all hail Richard Thompson

Folk-rock pioneer is electrifying on new release

Pondering the legions of misguided if well-meaning music fans embracing the mildly folked-up arena-rock of Mumford & Sons, listeners whose frame of reference stretches a bit further than the new millennium can only reach one conclusion: Worshippers of those faux-trad Brit wannabes never have heard the mighty Richard Thompson.

Scanning some of those song titles or taking a quick first listen to these tunes, you might think that Thompson is like the bard in a medieval village, chronicling the comings and goings of colorful but familiar Old English storybook characters. But again, one of his greatest strengths is donning the cloak of the Celtic storyteller but infusing the traditional with up-to-the-minute anger and relevancy. As chronicles of the inequities of class and the soulless grind of minimum-wage labor, "Stuck on a Treadmill," "Sally B" and "Good Things Happen to Bad People" are more poignant than anything Bruce Springsteen has given us lately, and a lot more fun to boot.

Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ91.5

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