Detroit Free Press and NY Times review FPB
8/7/2005 (updated 8/7/2005)
"How Thompson brings to life and makes the listener care about the cadre of cads, ne'er-do-wells, slaves and romantic fools in his songs is nothing short of miraculous."
-By Martin Bandyke, Free Press special writer
"the home-recorded arrangements of "Front Parlour Ballads" (Cooking Vinyl) usually built on a guitar or two, focus the songs on melody, lyrics and Mr. Thompson's stolid, quietly sympathetic voice."
- Jon Pareles, New York Times