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5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Thompson - A Family Affair
The guest list on this new album by Linda Thompson reads like the A List of the British folk aristocracy with a slice of Americana thrown in. It is not surprising. The return of possibly the greatest female voice in folk this side of Sandy Denny is an event and one which is remarkable bearing in mind her problems with spasmodic dysphonia that has left other singers...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Working way back
Linda has a lot to offer and as such regularly picks a good set of songs and surrounds herself with great musicians. here it is more of a family affair. I find this an entertaining cd without it grabbing me by the throat. there just seems to be a missing ingredient which I cannot quite place.
Published 10 months ago by mr d dyer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Thompson - A Family Affair, 13 Oct 2013
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The guest list on this new album by Linda Thompson reads like the A List of the British folk aristocracy with a slice of Americana thrown in. It is not surprising. The return of possibly the greatest female voice in folk this side of Sandy Denny is an event and one which is remarkable bearing in mind her problems with spasmodic dysphonia that has left other singers permanently without a voice."Won't be long now" is her first album in six years. Anchoring this musical feast is the wider Thompson family in the form of her daughters Kami and Muna, her singer songwriter son Teddy and the return of the ex - the great Richard Thompson. His presence on the stellar opener "Love's for Babies and Fools" invests this plaintive self penned ballad with effortless acoustic guitar work adding to the powerful vocal presence as it did so often in the past. Indeed the voice of Linda Thompson remains a brilliant instrument evoking glories built throughout a long career and remaining true to its deep folk roots. "If I were a bluebird" at nearly seven minutes is the album's longest song and it is a autumnal treat, Thompson is accompanied by some new stars of Americana namely Sam Amidon and Amy Helm daughter of the recently departed Levon. Things lift for the jaunty cover of Anna McGarrigle's "As Fast as my Feet" where all the Thompson offspring appear and Kami takes lead vocals. Having John Doyle on guitar is a joy and his playing on the shanty "Never put the boys to sea" is brilliant but when he combines with another folk giant an absolute standout follows. On "Father Son ballad" Thompson is reunited with the greatest folk violinist Dave Swarbrick bar none, providing a shimmering emotive backdrop. He makes a reappearence on the rousing "Mr Tams".

Natalie Merchant recently turned Charles Causley's poem "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience" almost into a Celtic jig. Thompson's version reinvests the sadness of longing inherent in this poem and with none other than Martin Carthy providing the acoustic guitar its 1-0 to her. As for the other songs "Paddy's Lamentation" previously appeared in voice only on the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack. This version has more instrumentation and is very well done. "Never the Bride" is a wistful folk ballad where a heartbroken young woman, longs for "a man with only one side." Thompson also takes on that traditional tale of human suffering "Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk", a hurtful waltz about booze and marital abuse which has also been brilliantly covered by the Unthanks. Her voice on its own unaccompanied on stage is a wonder. Finally the title track is a sprightly country swing inflected song penned by Teddy, which brings this admirable musical feast to a close.

Linda Thompson is the Grande Dame of British Folk and draws on vast personal experience of life, love and loss. She has also invested her heart and soul into her singing which is why she is so special to so many people. "Won't be long now" is the most welcome of returns and why not in the run up to the Yuletide festivities invest in more than one copy and pass this great music to relatives and best friends. You will be the toast of the season.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Hope it Won't Be Long before the next album, 17 Oct 2013
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What a voice Linda Thompson still has, and with fabulous songs, a stellar cast of Musicians (including Richard, Teddy and Kami Thompson) and her own consumate skill, she has turned out another wonderful album, and there isn't one standout track, they are all great, and her back to basics approach is just sublime. Linda has been missed, but, with this recording she has again proved that her albums are definitely worth waiting for. Do buy the album, you will not regret it...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Gem, 19 Oct 2013
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Linda Thompson competes with Kate Bush in the paucity of album releases but, boy, are they worth waiting for. Her voice has lost non of that heartbreaking ethereal quality of those early Richard and Linda albums and she's even roped in her ex husband on the first track. In fact, all of the Thompson dynasty are here and look set to rival the McGarrigle/Wainright clan.
The arrangments are, in the main quite sparse and simple, which allows Linda's voice to shine through. My favourite track is 'Mr Tams' a tribute to John Tams. This sounds like nothing less than a Victorian hen night in full throng with Linda, Susan McKeown and Liza Carthy belting out the vocals.
The songs may be contemporary but this stands a good chance of being the best folk album of 2013.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With Her Plaintive, Yet Formidible Voice, Linda Thompson Delivers a Firm & Very Fine Recording, 17 Dec 2013
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Thomas H. Moody "Music Enthusiast" (Nobleboro, ME United States) - See all my reviews
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In her written notes for "Won't Be Long Now" Linda Thompson writes that when Martin Scorsese heard that she was contributing a track to his Film "Gangs Of New York" he responded by saying that he thought she was dead. Well, her fans have known that she is very much alive ever since she reappeared back on the music scene (after a seventeen year hiatus) with the critically acclaimed recording "Fashionably Late" in 2002. The fact that she has struggled with a vocal condition known as dysphonia since 1985 made that comeback all the more special. It wouldn't be for another 5 years (2007) before Thompson released another full recording, 2007's "Versatile Heart." Now after another 6 years, comes "Won't Be Long Now," which this "critic" finds is probably her finest solo effort.

What has always set Linda Thompson apart from many other singers is her ability to convey emotion with her stark, blunt and mostly unadorned voice. There is no histrionic singing here- there doesn't have to be. With any song sung by Linda Thompson, one doesn't usually "get "the emotional power of her singing upfront. Listening to her is a kind of organic process that has to sink in. Often the impact of her delivery or interpretation of a song isn't fully realized until the piece has concluded. Then the full power of what's been heard sort of hits one up-side the head in a rather profound way. One is left with an understanding of what gravitas is. That's not to say that Thompson's singing is disengaging by any means, because quite the opposite is true. One always senses full engagement in a Linda Thompson performance. I don't think she's capable of singing something that she isn't fully involved with - emotionally or vocally.

"Won't Be Long Now" is a more sparse recording instrumentally than her previous solo albums and there's more of a return to a traditional British atmosphere. Yet ,with only a couple of exceptions, the songs here are all newly written. The less background accompaniment seems to give Thompson more freedom in her singing. It's nowhere more obvious than in the opening track "Love's For Babies And Fools" where she's simply joined by her ex, Richard Thompson on acoustic guitar. (It's also one of the best tracks in my humble opinion.) And there's a live unaccompanied performance of "Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk" which may leave one a bit shocked for its graphic description of spousal abuse.

Besides RT, there's plenty of other musical royalty here - both British and American. British stalwarts such as Martin Carthy, his daughter Eliza Carthy, Susan McKeown, Dave Swarbrick and John Doyle join the fray. Meanwhile the names from the American shores are a crop of younger musicians, some who who have received their musical chops from their legendary parents, such as Amy Helm (daughter of Levon Helm) and Jenni Muldaur (daughter of Geoff and Maria Muldaur.) There's contribution from the talented Sam Amidon, Tony Trischka and Glen Patscha. And the most important participants are Linda's own children Teddy, Kami and Muna Thompson and grandson Zak Hobbs. Linda's family is the foundation that she's built her "comeback" career on.

The order of songs is well paced. Just before things seem too dire, we get a jaunty version of Anna McGarrigle and Chaim Tannenbaum's "Fast As My Little Feet" sung by the whole Thompson family. Later we're lifted up by the jolly "Mr. Tams." The two longest songs, "If I were a Bluebird" (co-written with Ron Sexsmith) with lovely harmony from Amy Helm and "Never The Bride" are the songs which anchor the recording, while Teddy Thompson's "It Won't Be Long Now" is a rather swift closing. The song lyrically leaves one to come to their own conclusion as to what "won`t be long now."

While Scorsese may have thought Linda Thompson had gone to the great beyond, this recording tells us that she indeed has not! Rather, she's delivered one of the best recordings of the year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album, 22 Oct 2013
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This is a terrific album from a great survivor and performer. It is full of melodic songs which are beautifully arranged and performed. They are a mixture of the new and the re-worked old, every one of which is a real pleasure to listen to.

Linda Thompson really puts her heart into her singing, and the effect here is of real sincerity and beauty. She collaborates with a lot of her family, including, I am delighted to say, Richard Thompson who plays beautifully on the opening track which reminded me in places of the wonderful Dimming Of The Day.

This genuinely is a bit of real class from a very, very fine singer in collaboration with some excellent musicians. Very warmly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lived in voice., 22 Dec 2013
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Great album from Linda, voice is very different from the "Bright Lights" days, but still a formidable artiste. Richard Thompson on guitar is an added bonus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt family album, 27 Nov 2013
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Although the name on the cover is Linda Thompson, she is joined on this disc by various members of the family and friends. The pains and the joys of life are all evident, explored with tenderness and tears by the singers and instrumentalists through songs old, new and not previously heard performed as they are here.

It's well worth a listen - and will repay repeated airing, as the songs grow into favourites with familiarity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album, 19 Sep 2014
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This is a terrific album from a great survivor and performer. It is full of melodic songs which are beautifully arranged and performed. They are a mixture of the new and the re-worked old, every one of which is a real pleasure to listen to.

Linda Thompson really puts her heart into her singing, and the effect here is of real sincerity and beauty. She collaborates with a lot of her family, including, I am delighted to say, Richard Thompson who plays beautifully on the opening track which reminded me in places of the wonderful Dimming Of The Day.

This genuinely is a bit of real class from a very, very fine singer in collaboration with some excellent musicians. Very warmly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wont Be Long Now., 18 Oct 2013
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Odd Werner Sørensen (Norway) - See all my reviews
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Linda Thompson has made a brilliant new album. This time with the help of family members and her ex-husband RT. Maybe this is her best solo album so far?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful mixture of vulnerable, 11 Dec 2014
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an interesting collection of sings - and not all doom and gloom as one reviewer suggests - (especially if cc with Richard!). What stands out is the haunting voice, a wonderful mixture of vulnerable, strong and haunting. Good collaboration, which does sometimes seem to take over, but non the worse for that. At the moment I can't stop playing it, though i wonder if there any songs with real, long term staying power, hence not 5 star.
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