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  1. May 31, 2020
    6
    A Teddy Thompson album is a good thing, but this one is more curiosity than killer. His voice is undeniably expressive, but take a ballad too slow and it can become a whine, which happens a couple times here. Elsewhere, the uptempo numbers have a dated Mexican influence, some complete with horns, clean and precise, totally mismatched to Thompson's voice and lyrics. It often sounds likeA Teddy Thompson album is a good thing, but this one is more curiosity than killer. His voice is undeniably expressive, but take a ballad too slow and it can become a whine, which happens a couple times here. Elsewhere, the uptempo numbers have a dated Mexican influence, some complete with horns, clean and precise, totally mismatched to Thompson's voice and lyrics. It often sounds like he's singing over someone else's old record collection. The starry waltz "Take Me Away" shows how good this could have been - romantic and yearning with a more upfront production, you feel every string, every tremble in Thompson's delivery. Unfortunately, this makes the other tracks even paler by comparison. Expand
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  1. Jun 5, 2020
    70
    Heartbreaker Please raises one's spirits by accepting the end as a new beginning. He sings about feeling "Brand New", and while his enthusiasm is suspect, there is a sense of relief present. Thompson's not wallowing; he's re-joining the world and out looking for love.
  2. Jun 1, 2020
    70
    Thompson was a capable performer from the start, and Heartbreaker Please demonstrates he's improved with the passage of time, while his songwriting has also gained a depth that comes from a lived life.
  3. May 29, 2020
    80
    As the title suggests, Thompson reckons with the breakup of a real-life relationship but navigates it with an even-handed balance that’s part wistful and part deeply honest.