Hand of Kindness

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257131322
  • Catalog Number: 571313
  • Sales rank: 53,445

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, 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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