• Record Label: New West
  • Release Date: Feb 5, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Uncut
    Feb 6, 2013
    It's a vibrant set with a live feel, alternating between rowdy folk-rockers and some of Thompson's most poignant ballads. [Mar 2013, p.77]
  2. Feb 5, 2013
    Unlike most of his peers, Thompson is defying the march of time, continuing to write and perform at an exceptional level. Electric easily deserves a place alongside his best solo releases.
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    “Dream Attic” was looser and rougher than the guitarist had been in quite some time, a timely reminder that Thompson could still let it rip, and Electric follows suit.
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    The songs on Electric are given more opportunity to breathe and worm their way into our hearts.
  5. Mar 7, 2013
    A vigorous 11-song collection that keeps the lyrics and melodies straightforward, allowing the complexity and uniqueness of his guitar-playing to burst through.
  6. Feb 11, 2013
    In its creation of something towering from fundamental, basic elements, it is alchemical.
  7. Redemption by plucked string. Buddy Miller produces analogically.
  8. 80
    Electric finds Richard Thompson at his most stripped-down and potent.
  9. Feb 6, 2013
    It's classic Thompson, packed with bleak stories of male failings, usually with a woman involved.
  10. Mojo
    Feb 6, 2013
    He's written better collections of songs, but for fun, warmth, vigour and power, it' sup there with his best. [Mar 2013, p.86]
  11. Feb 5, 2013
    Buddy Miller's production is fresh, tuned to the immediacy of Thompson's performances; any fault with Electric can't be laid at his door--only at the strangely stiff quality of the first few songs.
  12. Feb 5, 2013
    Thompson’s classic folk rock formula is revived once more, and his frequent guitar solos are as sour as his lyrical wit.
  13. Feb 5, 2013
    As good as the songs are, the distinguishing characteristic of Electric is its atmosphere, how the music jumps and breathes, how Miller has given Thompson his liveliest album in years and, on just sheer sonic terms, his best in a while, too.
  14. 80
    This is another in a seemingly endless streak of quality albums from Richard Thompson, a journeyman artist in the homestretch of his long career, whose best years never seem to be behind him.
  15. Mar 13, 2013
    Buddy Miller in the producer seat allows Thompson some breathing room, plus the trio of guitar, bass, and drums gives the material just enough ambiance to fulfill its innate power.
  16. Feb 5, 2013
    Man, does Music City bleed through the album, leaving a hushed honky-tonk throb with gritty production.
  17. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 6, 2013
    Electric is a return to one of his best attributes, the snarling electric guitar. [Mar 2013, p. 95]
  18. 70
    he overriding feel of the album is one of attack although conscious maybe that light and shade is always to be found within the Thompson palette.
  19. Feb 5, 2013
    A fairly solid and consistent addition to the impressive and otherworldly canon of Richard Thompson.
  20. Feb 5, 2013
    The thrills are few, but the excellence is undeniable.
  21. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    The songs here play like a life's snapshot, from winsome to saucy to conflicted. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.106]
  22. Magnet
    Feb 11, 2013
    Overall, Electric is another consistent yet unsurprising recent Thompson album. [No. 95, p.59]
  23. Feb 11, 2013
    Thompson narrates this break-up in a voice tinged as much with near-eastern devotional music as it is traditional song.
  24. Q Magazine
    Feb 8, 2013
    Electric is a first-class showcase for Thompson's spine-tingling solos but not the consistent song collection that was 2010's Dream Attic. [Mar 2013, p.110]

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