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1991's Rumor and Sigh was among Richard Thompson's best-selling and most warmly received albums, even gaining a bit of radio and MTV exposure which introduced Thompson to a wider audience than ever before. But while Thompson has often expressed his desire to reach a greater number of listeners, he's thankfully unwilling to dumb his music down, and it's probably no coincidence that he followed up his most user-friendly album with the more difficult Mirror Blue. Mirror Blue was constructed on a more modest scale, with the arrangements scaled down and the mix putting the instruments in greater relief. While Mitchell Froom's production added both polish and punch to Rumor and ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
1991's Rumor and Sigh was among Richard Thompson's best-selling and most warmly received albums, even gaining a bit of radio and MTV exposure which introduced Thompson to a wider audience than ever before. But while Thompson has often expressed his desire to reach a greater number of listeners, he's thankfully unwilling to dumb his music down, and it's probably no coincidence that he followed up his most user-friendly album with the more difficult Mirror Blue. Mirror Blue was constructed on a more modest scale, with the arrangements scaled down and the mix putting the instruments in greater relief. While Mitchell Froom's production added both polish and punch to Rumor and Sigh, his work on Mirror Blue marked the point where he began to interfere more than he helped; the tinny, crashing sound he imposes on Thompson's guitar and Pete Thomas' drums soon wears out its welcome, and Froom's washes of retro-styled keyboards are more prominent than they need to be. And while song for song Mirror Blue boasts material just as strong as Rumor and Sigh if not stronger, the tone is more dour, with the few rockers decidedly less friendly "Mascara Tears" sounds downright mean and the ballads more mournful though "King Of Bohemia" and "Beeswing" are beautiful and affecting if you don't mind a good cry. But Thompson had a great set of songs here, and he performs them with typical fire and precision; his guitar work is glorious, and his vocals are passionate and unusually well controlled. Mirror Blue suggests that, after making an album with the mass audience in mind, Richard Thompson decided to make one for the fans -- and himself -- and if Froom's production sometimes gets in the way, loyalists will find plenty to revel in here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/1994
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 077778149224
  • Catalog Number: 781492

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Alistair Anderson Concertina, Pipe
John Kirkpatrick Accordion, Concertina
Christine Collister Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
Tom McConville Fiddle
Michael Parker Background Vocals
Jerry Scheff Bass, Double Bass
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Martin Dunn Flute
Philip Pickett Shawm
Technical Credits
Richard Thompson Composer
Tchad Blake Engineer
Mitchell Froom Producer
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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    This is my favorite of all of RT

    There are more than a few memorable tunes and with this recording the lyrics serve to imprint these songs in you memory. The best tracks are Mingus Eyes, BeesWing, The Way That is Shows, God Loves a Drunk and Mascara Tears. That said they are all standouts.

    Richard Thompson's career has provided us with dozens of recordings that range from very good to outstanding. This is one of the outstanding ones. Beautifully subtle yet filled with genuine emotional richness.

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