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Unusual but brilliant,
This review is from: Strict Tempo! (Audio CD)
I am delighted to see this album re-released. It is a little gem in my view, consisting of instrumental tracks played almost entirely by Thompson himself on a variety of instruments, with Dave Mattacks playing drums (and piano on Ye Banks And Braes.) The music is largely traditional, but played with a real modern zing (although in strict tempo, of course) on electric guitar, mandolin, banjo and other instruments. It is hugely enjoyable from start to finish, and you would have to be made of stone not to smile with pleasure at Rockin' In Rhythm, to name but one.
This isn't what one normally expects from a Richard Thompson album. There are none of the beautifully crafted lyrics, often mournful tunes and distinctive vocals of his self-composed work so if you're looking for that you might be disappointed. What you will get is brilliant playing and truly joyful music and I, for one, love this for what it is - a one-off, different album by a wonderful musician playing music he loves magnificently.