Fashionably Late

Fashionably Late

by Linda Thompson


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Fashionably Late

The phrase "long-overdue return" takes on new dimensions with the release of Linda Thompson's Fashionably Late, which arrives 17 years after her last album, One Clear Moment, and is only the second solo recording from the storied folk rock singer. (She was sidelined due, in part, to a rare condition called hysterical dysphonia, which rendered her speechless.) Unlike Thompson's slickly produced solo debut or the heady folk rock of her final release with ex-husband Richard -- 1982's immortal breakup album, Shoot Out the Lights -- Fashionably Late is a spare, largely acoustic set that spotlights Linda's earthy, expressive voice and the ten story-songs she gives wings to. And her voice sounds lovely -- whether bristling on her searing look at marriage, "Weary Life," or creaking on the line "Oh, how I long for my mother's arms" (Thompson recently lost her own mum) in "The Banks of the Clyde." All but four of the songs grant writing credits to the Thompsons' son, Teddy, who also plays guitar and duets with his mom on Lal Waterson's lovely, Celtic-hued "Evona Darling." Other notable contributors include Rufus Wainwright (who co-wrote the blues-tinged "Paint & Powder Beauty," the only track featuring a string section); Van Dyke Parks; Kate Rusby; and Martin Carthy and his daughter Eliza. But longtime fans will be most surprised to find Richard Thompson lending his distinctive guitar playing and vocal harmonies to the disc's melodic opening track, "Dear Mary." Perhaps the tempestuous relationship so electrifyingly dissected on Shoot Out the Lights is now water under the bridge -- Linda, for one, has carried on, fashionably late, perhaps, but as resonant as ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2002
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661318229
catalogNumber: 613182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Thompson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Tambourine
Martin Carthy   Acoustic Guitar
Kathryn Tickell   Northumbrian Smallpipes
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion,Hammond Organ
Richard Thompson   Electric Guitar
Jerry Donahue   Electric Guitar
Richard Greene   Fiddle
Dave Pegg   Mandolin,Acoustic Bass
Geraint Watkins   Hammond Organ
Chris Cutler   Drums
Jeff Berman   Tambourine,Snare Drums
Peter Adams   Keyboards
Andy Cutting   Accordion (Diatonic)
Robert Kirby   Conductor
Dave Mattacks   Drums
John McCusker   Cittern
Michael Rivard   Electric Bass
Rory McFarlane   Bass
Eliza Carthy   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Kate Rusby   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Sara Wilson   Cello
Martha Wainwright   Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Background Vocals
Philip Pickett   Crumhorn
Howard Gott   Violin
Andy Waterworth   Double Bass
Teddy Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ruth Gottlieb   Violin
Sophie Sarota   Viola
Robert Spriggs   Viola

Technical Credits

Geoff Muldaur   Fiddle Arrangement,Accordian Arranger
John Wood   Engineer
Tom Dube   Engineer
Edward Haber   Producer,Engineer
Rob Keyloch   Engineer
Robert Kirby   String Arrangements
John McCusker   Arranger,Producer
Linda Thompson   Composer
Mark Tucker   Engineer
Lal Waterson   Composer
Kate Rusby   Arranger
Tom Leader   Engineer
Teddy Thompson   Composer,Producer
Richard Barron   Engineer
Eve Seltzer   Engineer
Stephen Heller   Engineer

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