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REVIEW: OFF THE PATH - Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/28/2013

Richard Thompson Electric

He keeps finding new ways to do the same old things - songs that are funny, dark, twisted, full of heart, surprising, and there’s a joyousness/joyfulness in the playing.

Another magician’s trick is the way Thompson’s constantly inventive guitar solos surprise - he cuts into the tune sideways, he’ll approach the solo from a different angle to any other guitarist; not for him this obvious blues-based attitude/approach. These are solos that invigorate the tune, never feeling like a bag of tricks being sprinkled out to dazzle, deceive or distract. And somehow they transcend the recording process, feeling fresh - and still surprising - on each listen.

In the end the "folk-funk" trio has improved the sound in that the occasional sea-shantyness of previous records has been replaced by a brilliant, brittle crispness. There’s still the defiance, still the energy, still the attack - but it all at once sounds classic/vintage and brand new.

Simon Sweetman, Off The Tracks

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