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9/5/2005 (updated 9/5/2005)

August 18, 2005

Richard Thompson: "Nothing Short of Miraculous"

*Thompson Lands a Top 200 Debut for 'Front Parlour Ballads'*

COOKING VINYL USA TO RUSH RELEASE THOMPSON'S
EVOCATIVE GRIZZLY MAN SOUNDTRACK FOLLOWING SUCCESS OF FILM

Richard Thompson enjoyed one of the best- and busiest- weeks of his career following the release of 'Front Parlour Ballads' (Cooking Vinyl USA) on August 9. The album debuted in the Billboard top 200 and has earned superlative reviews.

Thompson had equal success in the UK, where 'Front Parlour Ballads' was the third highest new entry on the national album charts at #54, and the highest new entry in the independent album charts at #3.

In the same week, Werner Herzog's new film 'Grizzly Man,' which Richard scored, opened to critical acclaim and the highest per-screen gross of any new movie in limited release this past weekend. The film's strong opening has prompted Cooking Vinyl USA to speed the release of Thompson's soundtrack for late August. Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter noted that "Richard Thompson's guitar-flavored score is a beaut." (1/27/05). Hollywood Reporter

Look for Richard to keep up the activity when he tours the US this fall.

"He observes the human comedy with cynicism, sympathy and sudden flashes of vulnerability; "Cressida," "Old Thames Side," "Precious One" and "For Who's Sake?" join his most telling love songs."
--Jon Pareles, NY Times, 8/7/05

"Thompson puts the focus on his considerable songwriting talents and comes through with a winning, characteristically quirky 13-song set."
--Steve Wine, Associated Press, 8/11/05

"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. The range and force of the material will leave you breathless."
--Martin Bandyke, Detroit Free Press, 8/7/05