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Teddy Thompson
     

Teddy Thompson

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by Teddy Thompson
 
While it was probably daunting for this young British singer-songwriter to escape the shadow of his legendary dad, Richard Thompson, the odd shape -- and constant fluctuation -- of said shadow probably made the dodging a bit easier. As evidenced by his full-length debut, Teddy Thompson doesn't go out of his way to avoid his familial

Overview

While it was probably daunting for this young British singer-songwriter to escape the shadow of his legendary dad, Richard Thompson, the odd shape -- and constant fluctuation -- of said shadow probably made the dodging a bit easier. As evidenced by his full-length debut, Teddy Thompson doesn't go out of his way to avoid his familial legacy -- Dad's right here, in fact, lending crisp guitar lines to several songs. The younger Thompson doesn't, however, endeavor to carry the folk torch into the new millennium, preferring to wax lovelorn but cynical à la Matthew Sweet on sharp, ringing tunes such as "Brink of Love" and "All We Said." There's an unfussy feel to Teddy's homey voice, which provides a nice contrast to arrangements that are, at times, a bit too pristine to fully complement the desired feel of spare, Crowded House-styled cuts such as "Love Her for That" and "Thanks a Lot." One of the album's better cuts, "Missing Children" -- which features guest vocals by Rufus Wainwright -- steers clear of romantic subtext, instead casting an offbeat glance at the possible plights of youths depicted on milk cartons nationwide. Call it a promising, if sometimes tentative, debut.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Though Teddy Thompson's eponymous debut may hint at the folk-rock of his famous parents (Richard & Linda Thompson), in reality it's probably closer to the acoustic pop of an artist like Elliott Smith. Despite the unmistakable presence of his father's signature guitar work on about half of the songs, this is without question Teddy's record. With the help of producer Joe Henry, he delivers ten confident and smart folk-pop tunes filled with fetching hooks and engaging melodies perfectly suited to his warm, winsome voice. Like many young artists, there's the usual autobiographical baring of the soul here, but for the most part Thompson is adept enough not to fall into sticky sentimentality, or get too lost in literalness. Furthermore, though Thompson's lyrics may on occasion be merely serviceable, they're always literate, and can quite often be poignant, touching, and even biting. "Love Her for That" is a tender tribute, seemingly directed toward his mother, while on the other hand, the album's best song, the moving "Days in the Park," is a son's indictment of his absent father. The stark use of Thompson's acoustic guitar and plaintive vocal, backed only by his father's sorrowful guitar fills, which seem to answer his son's queries, is as powerful as it gets. Other highlights include the enticing opener "Wake Up"; "Thanks a Lot," which has the same venomous sting of Richard's "Hard Luck Stories"; the hurt and betrayal of "A Step Behind"; and the hidden track, a beautiful duet with Emmylou Harris on Don Everly's "I Wonder If I Care As Much." There have been a number of offspring of great artists, going back to the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Rosanne Cash, through Jakob Dylan, Eliza Carthy, and Rufus Wainwright, who have done proud by their lineage, and you can add Teddy Thompson to the list.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384971823
catalogNumber:
49718

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Thompson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
Richard Thompson   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Strings
Sid Page   Strings
Gregg Arreguin   Guitar
Carla Azar   Percussion
Curt Bisquera   Percussion,Drums
Jon Brion   Guitar
Chris Bruce   Guitar
Jennifer Condos   Bass
Richard Dodd   Strings
Sally Dworsky   Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Anatoly Rosinsky   Strings
Randy Jacobs   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Peterson   Strings
Jane Scarpantoni   Strings
Michele Nardone   Strings
Judith Owen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Background Vocals
Andrew Picken   Strings
Jacques Voymant   Horn
Eric Gorfain   Strings
Brian Swartz   Horn
Richard Rintoul   Strings

Technical Credits

Joe Henry   Producer
Bruce Dukov   String Section
Sid Page   String Section
John Henry   Producer
Robert Peterson   String Section
Jane Scarpantoni   String Arrangements,String Section
Michele Nardone   String Section
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Andrew Picken   String Section
Richard Barron   Engineer
Richard Rintoul   String Section

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Teddy Thompson 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this CD and all his CDS. Met him a few times and he's very charming. "Wake up" has gotten me through many a day day. His voice is just so sincere.