Electric - Richard Thompson
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    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.
  2. Feb 5, 2013
    70
    A fairly solid and consistent addition to the impressive and otherworldly canon of Richard Thompson.
  3. Feb 8, 2013
    60
    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]
  4. Feb 6, 2013
    90
    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]
  5. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    He's written better collections of songs, but for fun, warmth, vigour and power, it' sup there with his best. [Mar 2013, p.86]
  6. Feb 5, 2013
    70
    The thrills are few, but the excellence is undeniable.
  7. Mar 22, 2013
    65
    The songs here play like a life's snapshot, from winsome to saucy to conflicted. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.106]
  8. Feb 11, 2013
    80
    In its creation of something towering from fundamental, basic elements, it is alchemical.
  9. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    It's classic Thompson, packed with bleak stories of male failings, usually with a woman involved.
  10. 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.
  11. Feb 5, 2013
    73
    Man, does Music City bleed through the album, leaving a hushed honky-tonk throb with gritty production.
  12. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    A vigorous 11-song collection that keeps the lyrics and melodies straightforward, allowing the complexity and uniqueness of his guitar-playing to burst through.
  13. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    Thompson’s classic folk rock formula is revived once more, and his frequent guitar solos are as sour as his lyrical wit.
  14. Feb 11, 2013
    60
    Overall, Electric is another consistent yet unsurprising recent Thompson album. [No. 95, p.59]
  15. Mar 13, 2013
    78
    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
    90
    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.
  17. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    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.
  18. 80
    Electric finds Richard Thompson at his most stripped-down and potent.
  19. Feb 11, 2013
    60
    Thompson narrates this break-up in a voice tinged as much with near-eastern devotional music as it is traditional song.
  20. Redemption by plucked string. Buddy Miller produces analogically.
  21. 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.
  22. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    The songs on Electric are given more opportunity to breathe and worm their way into our hearts.
  23. Feb 5, 2013
    88
    “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.
  24. 70
    Electric is a return to one of his best attributes, the snarling electric guitar. [Mar 2013, p. 95]

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