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Teddy Thompson’s fifth album, 2011’s Bella, is his most streamlined to date. Produced by David Kahne (the Bangles, Wilco) and backed by Thompson’s road band and special guest, dad Richard, Bella is arguably the most accessible of Teddy’s catalog. Not that he’s ever been anything more complicated than a sincere singer-songwriter, but Kahne brings the young Thompson to center stage with arrangements that range from brilliant power-pop (“Looking for a Girl”) to carefully orchestrated baroque miniatures (“Over and Over,” “Home”). Thompson’s sounding a bit frustrated with his love life — “The One I Can’t Have” walks down the street with the feeling that maybe his prowess isn’t always what he thinks. (Ladies are likely to disagree). Thompson also sounds remarkably more like his dad than ever. He has better range (thanks to mother Linda) but he finds the same frustrated yowl to express his concerns. The extra ache in “Gotta Have Someone” is particularly affecting; sometimes, good genes help make convincing music.

Customer Reviews

Great CD

Greatness. This guy has a great voice, writes great songs, and is long overdue. He is the best in his genre and I look forward to him coming to Texas. Would like to see him live. My girlfriend would leave me for him in a minute...

Bella--Beautiful!

I love Teddy Thompson's rich voice. He's a true crooner and always demands your attention. This new set of tunes may not be his greatest work, but his non-greatest stuff still stands out among the latest tween sensations. This is a man who pours himself into a song and he takes you with him. I saw him sing live with Rufus and he was just amazing and magical. And given his roots, it's not hard to see where the inspiration comes from. These tunes are a bit livlier than his usual tempo, but that's fine with me. If given the choice between a Bieber or Bella, Mr. Thompson is the obvious choice!

Bummer

Teddy Thompson is a brilliant musician, singer, and composer. When he's on his game, he creates and captures a mood and emotion that few modern artists can... he paints a picture in your head and takes you there without even trying. His voice, the lyrics, the composition feel seamless and powerful.

But, I fear, "Bella" isn't representative of that. It feels like he's trying... trying to create something, to be something... as though it HAS to find success. I hear desperation, like he's not sure which way he wants his music to go. I've never heard that in previous albums, which have all been different in style but universal in quality.

I'll come back to this album in a few weeks but, for now, I'm flat out bummed.

Regardless, go see him in concert. He's got a series of shows coming up in the UK and US. It'll be worth your time and money. I remain a faithful fan... he is an amazing artist.

Biography

Born: February 19, 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The only son of British folk-rock legends Richard & Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson was born in 1976, during his parents' time living in a Muslim community outside of London. He made his musical debut in 1996, when he turned up on his father's you? me? us? album as a backup vocalist. Teddy eventually opened for Richard on a number of solo dates following the record's release, as well as adding guitar and supporting vocals on 1999's Mock Tudor. A mail-order-only live disc of Richard's 1998 acoustic...
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