Front Parlour Ballads - Richard Thompson
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  • Summary: This is the guitarist's first solo acoustic album in nearly 25 years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    May just be the most concise and potent distillation of Thompson's art to date. [Album of the Month, Sep 2005, p.98]
  2. While lyrically his songs are top-drawer, Thompson's guitar prowess is also noteworthy. [13 Aug 2005]
  3. 80
    Less has become more for Richard Thompson. [Sep 2005, p.96]
  4. While this may not be the best place to start investigating the man, it's still another reliably wonderful chapter in the life of one of the country's best songwriters.
  5. Mostly the results are pleasingly wry and wise. [Sep 2005, p.118]
  6. Bogs down in stillborn ballads, vague metaphors, and fusty arrangements that sound too Olde English, even for him.
  7. Perhaps he needs the pressure or the camaraderie. Perhaps not. But for some reason, Thompson sounds detached from the songs on Front Parlour Ballads, even though he's in the thick of them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. bazzahip
    Aug 14, 2005
    10
    smooth sounds
  2. razzydeck
    Aug 17, 2005
    10
    perfect pitch
  3. martinb
    Feb 5, 2006
    9
    Usual RT mix of wry lyrics, dark ideas and superb playing.
  4. Sordel
    Aug 17, 2005
    7
    Adventurous but, for this artist, underwhelming
  5. wx
    Oct 28, 2005
    5
    Glod bless him for just keepin' on and everything. I mean, it's no worse than Fairport Convention. But if I want clever narrative, I've got Elvis Costello, and good licks are a dime a dozen. Tom Verlaine is the guitar genius we should be celebrating. Expand