Sweet Warrior [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After being given his walking papers by Capitol Records in 2000, Richard Thompson has taken a modest approach to his subsequent studio releases, 2003's The Old Kit Bag (a purposefully spare trio set) and 2005's Front Parlour Ballads (an acoustic collection recorded in Thompson's home studio). But Thompson seems to have relaxed a bit with 2007's Sweet Warrior, which boasts a more expansive sound and ambitious reach than those two albums. Produced by Thompson with his longtime aide de camp Simon Tassano, Sweet Warrior more clearly recalls 1991's Rumor and Sigh than any of Thompson's other albums; it lacks the high gloss of Mitchell Froom's production on that disc, but the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After being given his walking papers by Capitol Records in 2000, Richard Thompson has taken a modest approach to his subsequent studio releases, 2003's The Old Kit Bag (a purposefully spare trio set) and 2005's Front Parlour Ballads (an acoustic collection recorded in Thompson's home studio). But Thompson seems to have relaxed a bit with 2007's Sweet Warrior, which boasts a more expansive sound and ambitious reach than those two albums. Produced by Thompson with his longtime aide de camp Simon Tassano, Sweet Warrior more clearly recalls 1991's Rumor and Sigh than any of Thompson's other albums; it lacks the high gloss of Mitchell Froom's production on that disc, but the broad dynamic between upbeat and dour numbers and the thematic sweep of these 14 songs certainly suggest Thompson was thinking big while making this album, and it suits him. Thompson is able to play his traditional theme of romance on the rocks for laughs on this set with the witty "Needle and Thread" and the droll but pointed "Mr. Stupid," while the sax-infused "Bad Monkey" is downright rollicking and the ska-influenced offbeat of "Francesca" is slinky and sensual. At the same time, Thompson digs deep into more serious themes, especially on the striking "Dad's Gonna Kill Me," a tense first-person tale of a soldier on patrol in Iraq, and while a very different sort of combat frames "Guns Are the Tongues," its story of a dull-witted boy turned against his own interests is equally compelling; both songs show Thompson's narrative skill and gift for wordplay are as strong as ever. Producer Thompson gives guitarist Thompson just the right amount of room to show off his estimable skills on these sessions, and the core band -- bassists Danny Thompson and Taras Prodaniuk, drummer Michael Jerome, and rhythm guitarist Michael Hays -- is as strong and versatile as one could hope for. At 68 minutes, Sweet Warrior feels just a bit overstuffed, especially given the simplicity of its immediate predecessors, but there's a hefty portion of fine songs and masterful playing here, and no one who has ever succumbed to Richard Thompson's magic should pass this up. [This Japanese version of Sweet Warrior features bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: P-Vine Japan
  • EAN: 4995879239728
  • Catalog Number: 23972
  • Sales rank: 215,726

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Thompson Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Hurdy-Gurdy, Penny Whistle
Michael Jerome Percussion, Drums
Taras Prodaniuk Electric Bass
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
Simon Tassano Hand Clapping
Danny Thompson Acoustic Bass
Judith Owen Hand Clapping, Vocal Harmony
Alan V. Michaels Violin
Sara Watkins Fiddle
Joe Buck Violin
Michael Hays Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Chris Kasych Hand Clapping
Novi Ola Viola
Joe Buck Jr. Violin
Technical Credits
Richard Thompson Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Jim Wilson Mastering
Simon Tassano Producer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
Tim Bernett Management
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Edmund Spenser Poetry
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Doug Tyo Engineer
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