Dream Attic - Richard Thompson
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  • Summary: The live album was recorded during Richard Thompson's tour of the West Coast in February, with a majority of the tracks from performances at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.
  • Record Label: Shout! Factory
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Folk, British Folk-Rock, British Folk
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. Thompson's never been less than inspiring in concert, but here his singing seems especially urgent, while a few of his guitar leaps will leave you shaking your head in wonderment.
  2. Though devoid of wobbly notes and feedback echos, Thompson unleashes some of the most visceral guitar solos of his career, and Dream Attic stands beside the best efforts in his catalog.
  3. This is gloriously vicious, bitter, sad and bleak, even by Richard Thompson's standards.
  4. 80
    Almost impossible to replicate in the studio, this is the level of energy and conviction which drives the album as newly buoyant Thompson discovers his second wind. Scintillating. [Sep 2010, p.93]
  5. For his latest album, Thompson has aimed to inject a batch of new songs with the energy and spontaneity of live performance, a goal he achieves convincingly.
  6. At 73 minutes, the album is kind of long, and perhaps could stand to lose one of its six-minute ballads, but they're all so damn good that we might as well keep them.
  7. While you'd hope there is some post-concert studio enhancement afoot, the result is in effect an overly basic live album of new songs. [Oct 2010, p.120]

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  1. Nov 23, 2010
    Not his best album by far but the musicianship is excellent as usual and I like the clean, unpolished sound of this recording. Itd be nice if RT could go back and rerecord some of his 90s records (which had better songs but were overproduced) in this format. Expand