After a serious career spanning decades it must be a challenge to produce an album people want to listen to and buy. In the case of 'Electric', Richard Thompson gathered a bunch of quality musicians; drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk, backing vocalists of the caliber of Alison Krauss and Siobhan Maher Kennedy and a renowned producer; Buddy Miller [Robert Plant, Patty Griffin] to make a really fine album of enjoyable tunes.
The songs to impress include 'Stuck on the Treadmill' with clear imagery about a stagnating life, the epic Alison Krauss assisted 'The Snow Goose' and this rocking track 'Good Things Happen To Bad People';
I wouldn't be someone to seek out new Richard Thompson music but I was asked to review 'Electric' and I genuinely have been enjoying it. I'm not completely converted but there's enough quality to tip my cap to 'Electric' and to recommend you to check it out.
Richard Thompson - Electric [9 out of 12]
Buy The Album here
The Electric Tour 2013
Wed 20 Feb - CARDIFF, St David's Hall (029 2087 8444)
Thu 21 Feb - BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall (0121 345 0600)
Fri 22 Feb - BRIGHTON, Dome (01273 709 709)
Sat 23 Feb - BRISTOL, Colston Hall (0117 922 3686)
Sun 24 Feb - CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange (01223 357851)
Mon 25 Feb - LONDON, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (0844 477 2000)
Thu 28 Feb - EDINBURGH, Usher Hall (0131 228 1155)
Fri 01 Mar - LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall (0151 709 3789)
Sat 02 Mar - SHEFFIELD, City Hall (0114 2 789 789)
Sun 03 Mar - GATESHEAD, The Sage Gateshead (0191 245 5570)
Wed 06 Mar - NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall (0115 989 5555)
Thu 07 Mar - BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion (01424 229 111)
Fri 08 Mar - BASINGSTOKE, Anvil (01256 844244)
Sun 10 Mar - SALFORD, The Lowry (0843 208 6000)
Here's recent footage from a recent gig in NYC with the track 'Salford Sunday'