Richard Thomp­son

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★★★★ 13 Rivers PROPER. CD/LP One-time Fair­port gui­tarist re­turns to folk-rock­ing style.

Richard Thomp­son left Fair­port Con­ven­tion way back in 1971, but there is some­thing of the sound he pi­o­neered with that in­flu­en­tial band – rooted in tra­di­tional folk, but with wildly orig­i­nal gui­tar so­los and a cer­tain mood of modernist bleak­ness – that has stayed with him ever since. That sound is stronger than ever on 13 Rivers, an al­bum made af­ter a dif­fi­cult year for him and his fam­ily. The Rat­tle Within finds Thomp­son, now 69, fac­ing up to mor­tal­ity against a prim­i­tive beat; O Cin­derella has that won­der­fully fluid, whirling elec­tric folk gui­tar first heard on Fair­port Con­ven­tion’s clas­sic Liege And Lief; and The Storm Won’t Come has enough melo­dra­matic gloom to give Nick Cave a run for his money. Driven along by a re­newed sense of ur­gency and pur­pose, this may be Richard Thomp­son’s most creative al­bum in decades.

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