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Richard Thompson - Dream Attic

This is gloriously vicious, bitter, sad and bleak, even by Richard Thompson's standards. Recording live with a four-piece band, he continues his assault on human folly and unpleasantness with 11 new songs that deal with bankers, murderers, suicide bombers and vain pop stars with laments for lost friends, lost love or lost chances added in. He shows off his black humour on The Money Shuffle, which starts with the lines: "I love kittens and little babies ... your money is so safe with me," and uses much the same technique on the jaunty Here Comes Geordie, the story of a Tynesider who sings with a Jamaican accent and flies around in a private plane to save the planet. I trust that Sting is squirming. Elsewhere, on Big Sun Falling in the River, he matches a sturdy, singalong melody against lyrics dealing with the end of a relationship, while on the personal and pained A Brother Slips Away, he mourns the death of friends such as Davy Graham. The two best tracks are the bleakest of all. Crimescene is a horrific mood piece about death and fate, while Sidney Wells is a brutal modern murder ballad set to a jaunty English dance tune. It ends with a furious electric guitar workout that echoes his playing on Matty Groves, on the Fairport Convention classic Liege & Lief in 1969. Impressive.

 The Guardian

Richard Thompson - Dream Attic 


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