Richard Thomp­son

13 Rivers

Classic Rock - - Reviews -

Vet­eran folkie/singer­song­writer gets rocked. Richard Thomp­son’s al­bums of late have tended to carry a slightly sim­i­lar mood – melodic, some­times melan­choly, of­ten witty – and with ma­jor high­lights in short sup­ply the lis­tener waits for time to pass un­til the deck shuf­fles it­self and the fu­ture clas­sics emerge. But now Thomp­son has elected to shake things up again with his new al­bum 13 Rivers.

It was recorded in just 10 days flat, en­tirely on tape, and is ar­guably the near­est to a rock record Thomp­son has ever made. That’s not to say it sounds like Black Sab­bath, but there’s a de­lib­er­ate vigour to the pro­duc­tion and ar­range­ments. Songs like opener The Storm Within have ur­gent rhythms and clat­ter­ing drums in the man­ner of a Nick Cave record; oth­ers, like Try­ing, have de­ranged guitar breaks that sound like an­i­mals gnaw­ing at things; and with ti­tles like My Rock, My Rope and The Dog In You, there is a gen­eral amp­ing-up of Thomp­son’s deepseated lyri­cal rage. There’s also plenty of melody, melan­choly and wit here to en­sure that ev­ery­one’s happy, or un­happy, or what­ever suits the lis­tener best. A very good al­bum.

David Quantick

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