r&r diary – Richard Thompson’s “Electric,” It Blazes – 10.13.13

richard-thompson-electric-reviewYes, often it’s a matter of opening your eyes and your ears. Inspiration is all around us. Awhile back we discovered Richard Thompson’s record “Electric.” It really is masterful. It grows on you with each listen. It showcases some of the best singing and guitar-playing of his long career, and that’s saying a lot. There is a real-world wisdom in these tracks. It is not a young man’s record. It’s got gravity, weight, substance. There’s humor and fire. It’s work that blazes. It feeds the soul. Inspires. And what of that great guitar tone? There’s a unique, quicksilver, mercury sound that Thompson conjures up with his guitar that jumps out at you. And it’s a rare, fine thing. – Jammer

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