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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  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! Expand
  2. mikev
    May 29, 2003
    10
    the old master comes through with a power trio model...
  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 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. Collapse

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