REVIEW: KANSAS CITY STAR - RT rewards a fawning crowd

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The heart of every Thompson show is the sounds he gets from his guitar. His set was filled with lots of instrumentals, but not once did he surrender to or indulge in cliches or noodling. Rather, his instrumental forays are odysseys that seem to launch, lurch or glide into whatever daring direction or genius impulse crosses his mind. They aren't erratic; rather, they seem to follow some distinct narrative, a voice and style that is distinctly Thompson's. There were too many great solos to mention them all, but the one that ended "Shoot Out The Lights" deserves recognition for its transcendence and fury and for the ovation it received.

He shuffled the old and the new into his setlist. He opened with three from Electric, starting with "Stuck on the Treadmill," which, like many of his songs, is based in the rock-blues. Yet because Thompson is such a crafty lyricist and accomplished musician, his songs rarely sink into a state of genericsm or predictability.

Timothy Finn, Kansas City Star´╗┐