Teddy Thompson

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384971823
  • Catalog Number: 49718
  • Sales rank: 123,036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wake Up (4:27)
  2. 2 Love Her for That (4:08)
  3. 3 Brink of Love (4:57)
  4. 4 So Easy (4:02)
  5. 5 All I See (4:24)
  6. 6 All We Said (4:04)
  7. 7 A Step Behind (4:53)
  8. 8 Missing Children (4:30)
  9. 9 Thanks a Lot (3:58)
  10. 10 Days in the Park (7:18)
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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
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Robert Peterson String Section
Jane Scarpantoni String Arrangements, String Section
Michele Nardone String Section
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Len Peltier Art Direction
Andrew Picken String Section
Richard Barron Engineer
Richard Rintoul String Section
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Teddy!!!

    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.

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