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  • Summary: Talk about apt titles. The British folk legend's first album in a whopping 17 years features 10 new songs recorded mainly with her son, Teddy Thompson, and numerous guests such as Rufus Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, and ex-husband and recording partner Richard Thompson.
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  1. This is a comeback record to be proud of; it not only sates the appetite of those fans who felt Linda Thompson left the scene too abruptly, but it is also the British folk record that everyone interested in the genre has been waiting such a long time for.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    A set of songs so cockle-warmingly familiar that you're left scanning the credits to see who did them the first time. [Oct 2002, p.118]
  3. Its admirable honesty and unswerving beauty proves that she's retained her ability as a vocalist to enthrall us.
  4. The material plays to Linda Thompson's strengths, with her quiet, primarily acoustic, doggedly traditionalist ballads showcasing her thick, eloquent voice.
  5. Uncut
    60
    A return that is as warmly welcome as it is wholly unexpected. [Oct 2002, p.122]
  6. Nearly everything on Fashionably Late has a pristinely modulated solemnity, a refined, literal-minded perfection.... In a sense, Fashionably Late is too good--too enamored of the aesthetic straight and narrow, of reverse sentimentality--for its own good.
  7. Blender
    60
    Thompson's pure, effortlessly soaring vocals feel undimmed by time. [#9, p.156]

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  1. MartinE
    Dec 2, 2002
    9
    How wonderful to see Linda Thompson back and on such devastating form. A really refreshing change from the manufactured rubbish put out by How wonderful to see Linda Thompson back and on such devastating form. A really refreshing change from the manufactured rubbish put out by most of the latest breed of acoustic bands. Expand