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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. Recording at home suits him. Even with the over-dubs, this set has the vitality of a live performance, and he clearly feels relaxed enough to take chances with the sometimes elaborate songs, delivering both the expected guitar skills and some fluid, difficult vocals.
  3. Even when he turns down the volume, he never tones down the creative intensity.
  4. Mostly the results are pleasingly wry and wise. [Sep 2005, p.118]
  5. A few tracks feel forced... but the majority have the effortless sound of a master who's been at it for four decades. [11 Aug 2005, p.70]
  6. Bogs down in stillborn ballads, vague metaphors, and fusty arrangements that sound too Olde English, even for him.
  7. This album is difficult, complicated, pretentious, infuriating, inconsistent, and asks more questions then it answers.

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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, 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. Collapse