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REVIEW: STEREO SUBVERSION - Richard Thompson won't stop
3/19/2013

Richard Thompson doesn’t owe us a damn thing.

Yet, he still keeps proving, again and again, not only that he hasn't declined artistically with age, but that he can still make men weep with his guitar skills and songwriters envious with his lyrical pen.

Thompson is a double-threat on multiple levels; he's a massively talented songwriter and a jaw-dropping guitarist. Thompson's balladeering with an acoustic guitar is equally reflected by his ability to demolish a room with an electric guitar and a live band. Naturally, naming an album Electric should clue you into the aural aptitudes of these eleven tracks. Ah, but Thompson is sly; there's plenty of damaging solos, venomous lyrics, and so out-and-out rockers, but there are few downtempo electric ballads and a pair of album-ending tracks that abandon the nomenclature of the LP altogether.

There are no weak spots on Electric, only more preferable ones.

Roy Kasten, Stereo Subversion

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