RICHARD THOMPSO THOMP­SON

Q (UK) - - Q Review - 13 RIVERS PROPER MU­SIC, OUT 14 SEPTEM­BER

Five decades in, and English folk song­writ­ing leviathan Richard Thomp­son’s cre­ative drive shows no sign of wan­ing. His lat­est, recorded in just 10 days and self-pro­duced, is his first al­bum since 2015’ s Jeff Tweedy­helmed Still and is a demon­stra­bly more rugged af­fair, a pen­du­lum swing back to a more elec­tric, rhythm and blues id­iom. The record cer­tainly has an easy flow that tes­ti­fies to its rapid ge­n­e­sis and it’s dot­ted with mo­ments of fire, mu­si­cally and lyri­cally, par­tic­u­larly the open­ing salvo of The Storm Won’t Come and The Rat­tle Within. But for all its typ­i­cal crafts­man­ship you can’t help but wish it had more mo­ments like the stark de­spair of My Rock, My Rope. ★★★ JAMES OLD­HAM Lis­ten To: The Storm Won’t Come | My Rock, My Rope | Do All These Tears Be­long To You

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