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RT in today's Guardian
6/29/2006 (updated 6/29/2006)



"One of the highlights of Thompson's album is King Henry, a 15th-century traditional song. Take away the curious lyrics ("The King called out for his luvverly page") and rustic earthiness and Thompson is right to view it as a simply brilliant pop song. "There's nothing extreme about this," he says. "Pop began closer to 1055 than 1955. The structure of, say, a 15th-century dance tune, is remarkably similar to Tamla Motown."

-Dave Simpson

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