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Electric (2013)

Artist: Richard Thompson
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Format: CD
Sku: 246543424
UPC: 607396627028
UPC 14: 00607396627028
Release Date: 2/5/2013
Sales Rank: 2583
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Stony Ground ~ Richard Thompson
2. Salford Sunday ~ Richard Thompson
3. Sally B ~ Richard Thompson
4. Stuck on the Treadmill ~ Richard Thompson
5. My Enemy ~ Richard Thompson
6. Good Things Happen to Bad People ~ Richard Thompson
7. Where's Home? ~ Richard Thompson
8. Another Small Thing In Her Favour ~ Richard Thompson
9. Straight and Narrow ~ Richard Thompson
10. Snow Goose, The ~ Richard Thompson
11. Saving the Good Stuff for You ~ Richard Thompson
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Richard Thompson (vocals, guitar, hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, accordion, keyboards); Buddy Miller (guitar); Taras Prodaniuk (mandocello); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Michael Jerome (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Buddy Miller.
Muze PNote Recording information: Buddy's House.
Muze PNote Photographer: Pamela Littky.
Muze PNote The title is artless and blunt but it gets the job done: it makes it clear that after a decade or so of concentrating on his acoustic guitar, Richard Thompson has returned to his electric. Not that Electric is entirely recorded on a Stratocaster -- he plucks away at an acoustic for "The Snow Goose" and there are other songs where the Strat is tucked away in its case -- but Electric crackles with an amplified energy, even when the instrumentation is decidedly quieter. Much of this is due to Thompson's decision to record the album at Buddy Miller's intimate home studio in Nashville, as Miller favors a speedy solution to recording, favoring vibe over perfection. As such, there's atmosphere and air to spare on Electric -- it's music that breathes, never feeling suffocated -- and there's plenty of room for Thompson to spin out spiraling guitar leads, but the focus isn't on his peerless playing or even his sharply crafted songwriting, which is once again finely observed and richly detailed. No, the distinguishing character of Electric is its feel, how Miller creates a wide-open space for Thompson, a vista that showcases his crackling musicianship and sharp songs. And Thompson has yet another strong set of songs here, highlighted by the big-footed stomp of "Stony Ground," the lacerating wit of "Sally B," the sardonic resignation of "Good Things Happen to Bad People," and the gentle lilt on "Salford Sunday." As good as the songs are, the distinguishing characteristic of Electric is its atmosphere, how the music jumps and breathes, how Miller has given Thompson his liveliest album in years and, on just sheer sonic terms, his best in a while, too. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Buddy Miller

Engineer: Mike Poole

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Associated Artists and Works

Brady, Paul
French, John
Kaiser, Henry
Mattacks, Dave
Mirage (Jazz)
Original Soundtrack
Pickett, Phil
Thompson, Danny (Double Bass)
Thompson, Linda
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight [Bonus Tra ~ Thompson, Linda

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : NW 62702
Music Label Name Label : New West (Record Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00607396627028

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.66)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "There are loads of Thompson's revved-up Strat, and the lost-love songs, like 'Another Small Thing in Her Favour' are beautifully bleak."

Paste (magazine)
- "[M]an, does Music City bleed through the album, leaving a hushed honky-tonk throb with gritty production."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Thompson,Richard
Product attributeLabel:   New West
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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