Richard Thompson STILL

Proper Records

A return to the tried and tested formula for the rocking guitar maestro

Now boasting a half century in the music business, Richard Thompson is in the premier league of songwriters and has come up with yet another collection of self-penned material. Since his beginnings with folkies Fairport Convention and his great duet albums with then wife Linda, Richard has in the past decade or so, veered towards pure AOR enabling him to showcase both his distinctive vocals and incredible guitar talents. Artists still clamour to record his work and no doubt more will be queuing up to snap up the great songs from this offering.

Where’s Your Heart has a bit of a bluesy feel and the album gets a fairly gentle introduction with She Never Could Resist A Winding Road. Otherwise it’s what’s now become the familiar RT trademark; rocky up tempo numbers with Thompson indulging himself in prolonged searing guitar breaks. His song-writing is, however, his strength and this collection maintains the bar at a high level. Guitar Heroes is the one song that veers from the norm; a tribute to great guitarists that Thompson has admired over the years and who he then tries to emulate. Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, Chuck Berry, James Burton, Hank Marvin are all expertly imitated as he muses ‘I still don’t know how my heroes did it.’ If you enjoy Thompson’s work, you’ll love this. Get the deluxe edition and enjoy a bonus EP with five more new songs. John Roffey

“A return to the tried and tested formula…”

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