Acoustic Classics

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  • Summary: The British folk singer covers some of his songs on his first studio acoustic release.
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  • Record Label: Relativity
  • Genre(s): Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Folk, British Folk-Rock, British Folk
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 90
    If (oh dear) you haven't got a Richard Thompson album in your collection, then this is a great way to get to know a truly inspired songwriter. But even if you know his work inside out, then you will still find much to enjoy listening to a master re-touch some of his best works.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 28, 2014
    Pared back or not, The strength of these songs means Thompson can always stand alone. [Sep 2014, p.115]
  3. Sep 18, 2014
    Ultimately, this is a record full of brilliant Richard Thompson songs given strong readings.
  4. Uncut
    Aug 8, 2014
    Acoustic Classics is a useful update on 1984's live Small Town Romance, with Thompson this time attacking his back catalogue in the studio. [Sep 2014, p.78]
  5. 70
    The results are pretty rewarding overall, even if the strictly unadorned arrangements might have occasionally benefitted from some counterbalancing extra instrumental layers.
  6. Aug 22, 2014
    Acoustic Classics plays like an hour-long live performance stripped of crowd noise, giving it an intimate immediacy that draws in the listener and makes them feel as though this were a command performance for one.
  7. Mojo
    Aug 20, 2014
    They are scarcely comparable to the original band versions with electric guitar blazing and in some cases Linda Thompson singing; but there's a certain magic in hearing these classics in such intimate form. [Sep 2014, p.88]

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  1. Sep 14, 2014
    Tremendous performance from Richard Thompson as he revisits some of his best songs. He plays them with a lot of affection and verve. AsTremendous performance from Richard Thompson as he revisits some of his best songs. He plays them with a lot of affection and verve. As always, astonishing guitar work and great songs. A must for fans even though they would be very familiar with these songs but also a fine entry point for the uninitiated. Expand