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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000UNXYGE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


Product Description

Product Description

1. Stay Bright
2. Versatile Heart
3. The Way I Love You
4. Beauty
5. Katy Cruel
6. Nice Cars
7. Do Your Best For Rock 'n' Roll
8. Day After Tomorrow
9. Blue And Gold
10. Give Me A Sad Song
11. Go Home
12. Whisky, Bob Copper And Me
13. Stay Bright

BBC Review

Brit folk legend Linda Thompson deserves a fully blown revival more than most. In the 1980's, after divorcing Richard Thompson, with whom she recorded torch song classics during the previous decade on albums such as I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, she went on to spend many unhappy years living in communes before contracting spasmodic dysphonia, a rare vocal disorder. This album is the follow-up to 2002's warmly received Fashionably Late - which arrived after an 11-year silence - and is no less effective in reminding us of Thompson's still impressive songwriting and vocal talents.

The undoubted highlight is 'Beauty', an exquisite chamber orchestra backed duet between Linda and Antony, of Anthony and the Johnsons. Their two voices creak and trickle their way among the violins, ruminating over the fates of Oscar Wilde and Michael Jackson. The song has a honeyed maturity that speaks of age, time, ineffable sadness and nostalgia, stemming more from sleepy contemplation than wilful self-pity. It has the same log-fire comfort mixed with a noticeable chill from under the door that exists in the criminally overlooked solo work of Colin Blunstone of The Zombies.

On songs like 'Do Your Best for Rock 'n' Roll' the standard slips to that of a perfunctory post-pub ramble that sounds like a Gram Parsons reject from Grievous Angel. 'Go home' however, is a simple tear-jerker that could have come straight off Don McLean's American Pie album, and finds Thompson dissecting a relationship with frankness: 'I don't want the money and I don't want the fuss. Isn't this obvious'. Stark, honest and understated, Versatile Heart is easily the equal of Thompson's best work from the 70's. --Robert Crossan

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dudley Serious VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2007
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This album is primarily contemplative in tone and sparely arranged, coloured in with touches of brass here, strings there, accordion elsewhere. In her self-penned compositions there are plenty of observations on life from a woman whose own life has taken many unexpected turns, not all of them very pleasant. And she has the benefits of some quality songwriting assistance from people including Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright and her son Teddy Thompson, who also plays guitar. "Versatile Heart" is a fragile beauty, but with a certain underlying strength and dignity, as you'd expect of Linda Thompson.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip Moynagh on 20 Aug. 2007
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This is quite simply a stunning return with highlights galore, but for me the standout track has to be 'Go Home', all the more so as it's recorded live. This lady is pure class, and this cd is a must!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 30 July 2013
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I picked up a copy of this album a couple of days ago. I haven't heard her earlier album, but I reckon this is pretty good. There is a good variety of material, well performed and ably supported by a number of backing musicians. My attention was particularly drawn by the appearance of John Doyle on a number of the songs.

My personal favourite is her cover of a Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan song 'Day After Tomorow'. Recorded live, beautifully sung by Linda with harmony vocals from daughter Kamila and tasteful acoustic guitar from John Doyle. Its a song full of meaning, and she does it very well indeed.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A.lan Stevens on 31 Aug. 2007
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It's been a long time. OK, Linda delivered the splendid "Fashionably Late" in 2002 after over 10 years of silence with a vocal disorder, but in my opinion, "Versatile Heart" is even better. I haven't seen her perform live since her on-stage antics with Richard (you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife at times), but this album is a must-hear. Her voice is as good as ever, and the album features the usual suspects - her son Teddy, the incomparable Martin Carthy, and a favourite of mine, accordion player John Kirkpatrick. The best folk-rock album of the year so far. It should win awards.
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Linda Thompson is like a good wine. She keeps getting better. Fashionably late was great. This one may even be better on repeated listening. She sums it up in the above-mentioned song-title. Give her a sad song and there is nobody better. The quality of the production and the recording is really good too. Don't let this one escape your attention.
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The songs on this CD are very well written and the music is very well produced and of course Linda's singing is excellent as usual.
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