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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 February 2001
After the unsurpassable "Pour Down Like Silver" there was a dismal silence of three years, during which Richard seriously considered giving up the music business. Think of that! We'd all be writing about him like he was Syd Barrett II if he had! But he came to his senses and recommenced his life work to make everyone very happy by creating many very miserable songs. If anyone sounds happy in a Richard Thompson song you always have to figure it's because he's stopped taking the proper medication. Anyway, "First Light" is wonderful. Some quite sumptuous melodies with a very Arabic flavour to them, and "Layla" which isn't by Clapton, and Richard's disco hit "Don't Let a Thief" which is a No 32 if ever I heard one. Lovely! Oh, and "House of Cards" is about the Iranian revolution. I love this record.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2011
As the other reviewer have said, this is a brilliant album, that anyone who like Richard Thompson ought to own. Then why is is not available at anything other than a completely insane price? Because the record company (Island or whoever owns the rights at the moment) has not seen fit to reissue it. The same is true for 'Sunnyvista' (not quite as good, but good anyway). Besides the tracks mentioned by the others, 'Restless Highway' and 'Sweet Surrender' are both superb. Perhaps now Robert Plant has covered 'House of Cards' on his new 'Band of Joy' album, someone will relent and release this CD at a proper price for an album over 30 years old, and undercut the scammers who want £50 to £70 for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2007
english folk with a touch of electric. heart-felt, sad. Died For Love is one of the saddest loveliest romantic songs of all time. nick drake would have been proud of it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2008
This was destined to be the final Richard and Linda Album, and along with "Henry the human fly" and "Bright Lights" it is one of my favourite Thompsons albums. Songs like "Restless Highway", "Died for Love", "House of Cards", "Don't let a thief steal into your heart" and the song that Patrick Humphreys chose for the title of his biography of Richard Thompson "Strange Affair". Despite the turmoil of their marriage and the impending divorce the musical partnership still showed all the class of their act and Lindas voice soared above the matrimonial problems.
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on 12 November 2015
It is a shame this excellent album by Richard AND LINDA Thompson has such limited availability in the UK, necessitating an import purchase. It is melodic with some haunting lyrics, very atmospheric. Most of Richard Thompson's work is music I respect but don't love; this CD is an exception.
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