Hand of Kindness

Hand of Kindness

by Richard Thompson
     
 
Richard & Linda Thompson's final album together, 1982's Shoot Out the Lights, was widely seen as a document of their collapsing relationship, despite the fact that both of them strongly denied that was ever their intention, and when Richard Thompson released Hand of Kindness in 1983, it was similarly read as a

Overview

Richard & Linda Thompson's final album together, 1982's Shoot Out the Lights, was widely seen as a document of their collapsing relationship, despite the fact that both of them strongly denied that was ever their intention, and when Richard Thompson released Hand of Kindness in 1983, it was similarly read as a sad and bitter letter from a lovelorn divorcee, conveniently ignoring the fact that Richard left Linda (not the other way around), and was already involved in a new (and happy) relationship by the time he cut the album. While Hand of Kindness is dominated by songs about unhappy relationships, the truth is most of Thompson's albums are full of such songs; if you want to read an autobiographical slant into the album, Thompson's well of anger ("Tear Stained Letter," "A Poisoned Heart and a Twisted Memory") and regret ("How I Wanted To," "Hand of Kindness") seem to run especially deep. But the album's darkest track, "Devonside," is a tragic tale of a dysfunctional relationship that clearly does not involve himself, and the album has a number of solid up-tempo rockers, such as the witty horse-racing tale "Both Ends Burning" and the rollicking, Cajun-flavored "Two Left Feet." Thompson's vocals and guitar work is in splendid shape throughout, and his band is particularly fine fettle, especially drummer Dave Mattacks and John Kirkpatrick on accordion. Hand of Kindness lacks a bit of the narrative depth and emotional push-and-pull that made Shoot Out the Lights an instant classic (and while "Both Ends Burning" and "Two Left Feet" are lots of fun, it's a stretch to call them great songs), but it certainly confirmed that Richard Thompson had a more than interesting solo career ahead of him.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257131322
catalogNumber:
571313
Rank:
42174

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Thompson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John Kirkpatrick   Accordion,Concertina
Clive Gregson   Background Vocals
John Hiatt   Background Vocals
Bobby King   Background Vocals
Ashley Hutchings   Vocals
Simon Nicol   Guitar
Dave Pegg   Bass
Andy Roberts   Dulcimer
Aly Bain   Violin
Jeff Cole   Trombone
John Defereri   Tenor Saxophone
Timi Donald   Percussion,Vocals
Pat Donaldson   Bass,Vocals
Barry Dransfield   Fiddle
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Simon Nichol   Guitar
Linda Peters   Vocals
David Snell   Harp
Sue Sraheim   Fiddle
Pete Thomas   Saxophone
Clay Toyani   Trumpet
Pete Zorn   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Wood   Producer,Engineer
Bill Bill   Engineer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Richard Thomsson   Producer
Bill Gill   Engineer

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