Acous­tic Clas­sics Vol II 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Sec­ond phase of stripped-down rein­ter­pre­ta­tions GRAEME THOM­SON

Fol­low­ing 2014’s open­ing vol­ume, Thomp­son again of­fers up a fire­side seat as he takes his acous­tic guitar, end­lessly dex­trous fin­gers and peer­less back cat­a­logue for a spin. It’s an un­al­loyed treat. For all the thrill of his ex­tended ex­cur­sions on a Fen­der Strat, there’s some­thing fun­da­men­tally sat­is­fy­ing about Thomp­son un­plugged. His voice gets more ex­pres­sive with age, while his song choices – from Fair­port sta­ples (“Gen­e­sis Hall”, “Crazy Man Michael”) to mid-pe­riod clas­sics (a heart­break­ing “A Heart Needs A Home” and ten­der “Why Must I Plead”) and rel­a­tive ob­scu­ri­ties (brood­ing takes on “Pharaoh” and “Geth­se­mane”) – throw fresh light and cast new shad­ows.

Katie Von Schleicher

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