• Record Label: Spin Art
  • Release Date: May 6, 2003
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. EricV
    Dec 2, 2004
    10
    Awesome CD - RT singing better than ever - Judith Owen excellent backing vocals - Danny Thompson's bass pound the beat. And the guitar - why did he not play like this on other CDs - he would be the king of the axe if he did!
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 19, 2003
    9
    as good as his excellent early/mid 80s albums, like "Hand of Kindness" & "Across a crowded Room", not too far from "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" & "Shoot Out the Lights". recommended for long time fans, and a very good entrance- ticket for newcomers
  3. JamesP
    May 11, 2003
    9
    If you are one of those Richard Thompson fans, as I am, who finds that his studio recordings almost never come close to the magic of his live performances, this album will delight you. As always, the song writing is beautiful, haunting, scary - you know all that. But this time you can actually hear the man and his band play - unlike the often overproduced albums of the nineties. The only If you are one of those Richard Thompson fans, as I am, who finds that his studio recordings almost never come close to the magic of his live performances, this album will delight you. As always, the song writing is beautiful, haunting, scary - you know all that. But this time you can actually hear the man and his band play - unlike the often overproduced albums of the nineties. The only blemish on this disc is Pearly Jim (Psycho Street anyone?). Expand
  4. IanG
    May 28, 2003
    8
    A Love You Can't Survive alone raises this cd above the norm. Thompson's most mature vocals ever, with his usual, maybe too restrained, guitar virtuosity.
  5. mikev
    May 29, 2003
    10
    the old master comes through with a power trio model...
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Newcomers will be shocked by his natural ability and old-time fans will just nod the same knowing appreciation and file the album next to the ever-growing mass of excellent if unspectacular releases.
  2. The album feels like a romp, with Thompson performing everything from delicate waltzes to roadhouse rock.
  3. Fortunately, this spare approach serves Thompson well because he's such a strong and varied songwriter plus a remarkably distinctive guitarist.