The Old Kit Bag - Richard Thompson
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  • Summary: On an indie label for the first time in almost two decades, the veteran British folk-rocker returns with a stripped-down sound, courtesy of producer John Chelew.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. The writing is just as rueful, darkly romantic, and exuberant as it's ever been. [16 May 2003, p.72]
  2. Thompson is more comfortable than ever with his musical abilities and songwriting craft, and you hear the experience and the confidence on every track.
  3. Fortunately, this spare approach serves Thompson well because he's such a strong and varied songwriter plus a remarkably distinctive guitarist.
  4. The album feels like a romp, with Thompson performing everything from delicate waltzes to roadhouse rock.
  5. 80
    A significant return to form. [Feb 2003, p.86]
  6. 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.
  7. 60
    Doesn't quite make it into the Thompson solo Top 10.... But it's good to have him back. [Mar 2003, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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