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Richard Thompson: Sweet Warrior

Richard Thompson’s first album with a band for four years will be overshadowed by the reunion of Fairport Convention for this year’s Festival circuit, the band celebrating their fortieth anniversary.
Folk fans will be delighted, but for us affeciandos of Thompson’s solo work it is a bit of a shame since this is a strong set, complete with his usual bitterly gloomy observations on life in general.

Richard does a mean line on relationships, and sexual infidelity in particular and Johnny’s Far Away follows in that tradition, along with the anger ridden I’ll Never Give it Up in which he invites all comers outside in the car park for a good old tear up, shades of a ‘Nineties Thompson classic I Feel So Good.

The outstanding track for me is the truly shocking "Dad’s Gonna Kill Me" (video below) which tells the story of a terrified soldier serving in Iraq as he observes death and destruction up close and personal via a road side bomb. Non of this matters to his US General who proclaims; "at least we’re winning on the Fox Evening News".

Richard’s under rated guitar playing comes to the fore and is given more prominence on this record, and as ever he makes excellent use of a limited vocal range.

But it’s the songs that typically make this a very good set and a reminder that Richard is an un appreciated national treasure, right up there with Morrissey, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg and Ray Davies as one of England’s greatest working song writers.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


One thought on “Richard Thompson: Sweet Warrior

  1. I think the deputy PM role was unique to Prescott. Most of the candidates, if not all, have stated that they are campaigning for the role of deputy leader of the Lab Party and not deputy PM.

    Posted by Ian | May 31, 2007, 6:30 pm

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