Rumor and Sigh

Rumor and Sigh

by Richard Thompson
     
 

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While Richard Thompson's devotees will tell you the man is a triple-threat genius -- passionate vocalist, compelling songwriter, and sterling guitarist -- even his most loyal supporters will concede that the dour nature of his songs and the no-frills production of many of his albums make the bulk of his catalog tough sledding for the uninitiated. Given this, 1991's See more details below

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While Richard Thompson's devotees will tell you the man is a triple-threat genius -- passionate vocalist, compelling songwriter, and sterling guitarist -- even his most loyal supporters will concede that the dour nature of his songs and the no-frills production of many of his albums make the bulk of his catalog tough sledding for the uninitiated. Given this, 1991's Rumor and Sigh is arguably the best album for those wanting to sample Thompson's work for the first time. It captures Thompson at the top of his form on all fronts, but also gives his songs just enough polish to make them approachable for the unconverted, and though it's several shades darker than the average adult-contemporary album, it honors Thompson's obsession with romantic despair and the less pleasant quirks of fate without sounding depressing in the process. Producer Mitchell Froom tricked up Thompson's sound a bit, but his approach added to the material rather than interfering with it; the topsy-turvy keyboards and sharp, snapping drum sound on "Gray Walls" and "You Dream Too Much" actually add to their narrative drama, and Froom coaxed some of Thompson's most soulful vocals on "Why Must I Plead" and "I Misunderstood." Thompson actually gets funny on "Don't Sit On My Jimmy Shands" and the darkly hilarious "Psycho Street," and Thompson fans who like his work straight with no chaser will be knocked flat by "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," perhaps the best traditional-style number in his songbook, and the harrowing "God Loves A Drunk," an unnerving tale of several kinds of addiction. While Rumor and Sigh is quite slick by Thompson's standards, its clean lines and bright mix serve both the songs and the bandleader quite well, and make Thompson's tunes sound like the radio hits they've always deserved to be.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1991
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779571321
catalogNumber:
95713
Rank:
18195

Tracks

  1. Read About Love  - Richard Thompson
  2. I Feel So Good  - Richard Thompson
  3. I Misunderstood  - Richard Thompson
  4. Grey Walls  - Richard Thompson
  5. You Dream Too Much  - Richard Thompson
  6. Why Must I Plead  - Richard Thompson
  7. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning  - Richard Thompson
  8. Backlash Love Affair  - Richard Thompson
  9. Mystery Wind  - Richard Thompson
  10. Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands  - Richard Thompson
  11. Keep Your Distance  - Richard Thompson
  12. Mother Knows Best  - Richard Thompson
  13. God Loves a Drunk  - Richard Thompson
  14. Psycho Street  - Richard Thompson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Thompson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Hurdy-Gurdy
John Kirkpatrick   Accordion,Concertina
Clive Gregson   Vocals
Simon Nicol   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Aly Bain   Fiddle
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Christine Collister   Vocals
Mickey Curry   Drums
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Harp,Hammond Organ,chamberlain,Echo Harp,Clavioline,Portative Organ
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Philip Pickett   Curtal,Shawm,Crumhorn

Technical Credits

Richard Thompson   Composer
Tchad Blake   overdub engineer
Mitchell Froom   Producer,Contributor
Mike Kloster   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Lance Phillips   overdub engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Laura Levine   Cover Art
Paula "Max" Garcia   Engineer

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