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REVIEW: FATEA - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/27/2013

Richard Thompson Electric

These guys mean business - and then some! The record crashes straight in, lunges at our consciousness with a raw, garagey feel and a seriously heavy-duty thundering beat, "Stony Ground" providing a significant addition to RT's gallery of sleazy characters in Old Man Morris, who's shoved right in our face and almost doing the "Back Street Slide" to the staccato rhythm of a tear-stained letter and a series of archetypically breathtaking axe-winder solos.

Perhaps it's too early to vote Electric as one of RT's best-ever albums, but it does contain some standout material, and while there's nothing seriously sub-standard or specifically weak here in terms of the actual writing, it does harbour a bit of a warning sign in that some of the songs, while not exactly feeling to have been writ by rote or formula, just manage to sidestep a degree of contrivance in their rhyming scheme. In many respects, what will probably live as much in the listener's memory is Electric's integral musical signature, for it's a duly spontaneous-sounding, almost-as-rough-as-live diamond that doesn't require polishing..

David Kidman, Fatea

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