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  • Summary: The fourth album for the London-born artist was produced by Marius de Vries.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. His melodies are subtle, but don't confuse his restraint with detachment--these songs sound deeply felt.
  2. One can hear every word, every breath, and every sigh. De Vries has Thompson harmonize with the instruments so that they become expressively one voice without losing their distinctive tones.
  3. Wry, understated and occasionally heroically sorry for itself, his fourth--and best--album mixes folk, pop, country and rock to superb effect.
  4. Richly melodic and beautifully performed, A Piece Of What You Need deserves to be a big commercial hit.
  5. 80
    This is where the kid really comes into his own.
  6. Teddy Thompson has taken a more user-friendly approach on A Piece of What You Need, but he hasn't sold his soul or lost what makes him special along the way, and this is a clever, adventurous, and thoroughly engaging exercise in smart pop that's as thoughtful as it is pleasurable.
  7. 80
    'Where to Here,' Slippery Slope (easier),' and 'In My Arms' are equally deadly writing, with gripping melodies and sing-out performances that seem to have benefited from listening to his pal Rufus Wainwright--and from arrangements by Wainwright's latest producer. [Sep 2008, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. DonC
    Jun 8, 2009
    10
    Absolutely brilliant songwriting and singing, each song stronger than the one before.
  2. KevinS.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    One of the best discs of the year. Teddy has stepped up to be one of the best singer songwriters of his generation.
  3. DeanF.
    Aug 17, 2008
    9
    Very mellow album, Thompson has outdone himself on this one.
  4. AlexP.
    Aug 18, 2008
    9
    Big TT fan. Excellent album, slightly more of a pop feel than previous ( excluding the album of country covers he did ) album Separate Ways. Big TT fan. Excellent album, slightly more of a pop feel than previous ( excluding the album of country covers he did ) album Separate Ways. Stand out tracks are Where To Go From Here, In My Arms and Cant Sing Straight, which is an out n out classic. Really happy to see this album get a good score....not sure it this album will propel him into the public eye more Expand
  5. ScottB
    Mar 12, 2009
    9
    As an old guy, I'm a huge fan of his parents (singly and together) but Teddy is surely living up to the family legend on this one. It is As an old guy, I'm a huge fan of his parents (singly and together) but Teddy is surely living up to the family legend on this one. It is so strong, and I truly hope that it will propel him beyond cult status. Expand
  6. BasV.
    Aug 17, 2008
    8
    Great songs, beautiful songs, lovely production. Sweet!
  7. BillR.
    Aug 20, 2008
    8
    Great songs, but I'm just wondering how this album has an 84 metacritic score when the highest rating it got was an 80...hmm???

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