'For Whose Sake?' Audiofile
8/24/2005 (updated 8/24/2005)
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Richard Thompson Audiofile
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something about Richard Thompson's voice, rich and low but not
exactly dark, rarely cracking or betraying any weakness, touched with
rockabilly and never quite losing the hokiness of the folk revival
sound, that has limited his fame largely to folk sympathizers, more
or less ignored by the young and hip who venerate Dylan and Neil
Young and even Bert Jansch. If you're predisposed to dislike his
singing, this track, from his wonderful new collection of acoustic
songs, "Front Parlour Ballads," will be a difficult listen,
crooniness and vibrato in full effect. If you do like his voice (and
I'm a sucker for it), this is a real treat, Thompson at his least
wordy and most directly emotional."