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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [One version added a bonus disc.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396627325
  • Catalog Number: 6273
  • Sales rank: 63,425

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stony Ground (4:42)
  2. 2 Salford Sunday (4:08)
  3. 3 Sally B (4:04)
  4. 4 Stuck on the Treadmill (4:20)
  5. 5 My Enemy (5:37)
  6. 6 Good Things Happen to Bad People (5:21)
  7. 7 Where's Home? (3:30)
  8. 8 Another Small Thing In Her Favour (5:06)
  9. 9 Straight and Narrow (4:13)
  10. 10 The Snow Goose (5:06)
  11. 11 Saving the Good Stuff for You (3:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Will You Dance, Charlie Boy (5:01)
  2. 2 I Found a Stray (5:04)
  3. 3 The Rival (3:44)
  4. 4 The Tic-Tac Man (3:47)
  5. 5 Auldie Riggs - Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra (3:20)
  6. 6 Auldie Riggs Dance - Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra (1:21)
  7. 7 So Ben Mi Ch'a Bon Tempo (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals, Hurdy-Gurdy
Alison Krauss Vocal Harmony
Dennis Crouch Bass
Debra Dobkin Percussion
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Michael Jerome Percussion, Drums, Vocal Harmony
Buddy Miller Guitar
David Piltch Double Bass
Taras Prodaniuk Bass, Mandocello, Vocal Harmony
Pete Zorn Flute
Judith Owen Vocals
Peter Askim Conductor
Siobhan Maher-Kennedy Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Richard Thompson Arranger, Composer
Buddy Miller Producer
Mike Poole Engineer
Orazio Vecchi Composer
Ilana Pelzig Cellum Engineer
Paul Moore Art Direction
Ray Kennedy Mastering
Ed Haber Engineer
Matthew Neth Engineer
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