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When the axe of six-string wizard Buddy Miller is relegated to supporting-role status, you know you've got a heavyweight guitar hero at the helm. Miller produced Electric and added a bit of instrumental support, but Richard Thompson's combination of inspiration and exactitude on his weapon of choice is as unmatchable here as ever. The British folk-rock icon also remains a monster songwriter, of course, so while the thorny riffs and licks of visceral tunes like "Sally B." and "Stuck on the Treadmill" will keep guitar aficionados happy, Thompson's pen proves as powerful as his pick. When he takes aim at his targets on "Good Things Happen to Bad People" and "Straight and Narrow," you almost feel sorry for them, knowing their takedown is imminent and unstoppable. As always, the softer side of Thompson's muse gets its day as well, as on the beautiful-but-ominous, goosebump-inducing "The Snow Goose" (with harmonies courtesy of Alison Krauss) and the sweet (but not sugary) acoustic ode to a latter-day love, "Saving the Good Stuff for You."

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Magnificent---As Usual

For my money, the greatest living guitarist/songwriter/singer. He is so phenomenal that even his lesser work is light years better than anyone else. At 64, he is still moving forward and never rests on his well-regarded laurels. Clapton, Page, Beck, eat your hearts out. Thompson is what those guys think they're doing when they play. Someone said that if Hendrix could write songs like Dylan, he'd be Richard Thompson. Get this album, or any RT album and you'll see why. Absolute genius!


What genius thought of teaming Buddy Miller up with the magnificant Richard Thompson? Richard has a way of combining tight with flowing and he absolutly burns his Stratocaster up. Just saw his current "Electric Live" show with his bassist and drummer and they played 4 songs from this album. Standing O!


Born: April 3, 1949 in Notting Hill, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For years, Richard Thompson resided in relative obscurity, while at the same time garnering vast critical praise for his magnificent guitar work and the dark wit and richness of his extraordinary songwriting. A founding member of the seminal British folk-rock group Fairport Convention, he remained with the band for five studio albums -- Fairport Convention (1968), What We Did on Our Holiday (released as Fairport Convention in the U.S.) (1968), Unhalfbricking (1969), Liege and Lief (1969), and Full...
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