THOMPSON, TEDDY-A PIECE OF WHAT YOU NEED
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(2000/VERVE) 11 tracks
The Things I Do
In My Arms
Where To Go From Here
Don't Know What I Was Thinking
Can't Sing Straight
Slippery Slope (Easier)
One Of These Days
Turning The Gun On Myself
A Piece Of What You Need
Top Customer Reviews
A consistently good songwriter, Mr Thompson here mines his creative motherload
The laconic style of which we have become increasingly enamored finds a
new kind of energy in 'A Piece Of What You Need'.
The eleven songs on this most recent release display an upbeat
self-assurance to some degree absent from his previous work.
Mr Thompson seems to have found himself and on this evidence seems
to be happy with what he has found.
'The Things I Do'; 'What's This ?!!' and 'In My Arms' kick proceedings off
in fine rocking style before the gorgeously lilting 'Where To Go From Here'
with it's warmly wonderful brass arrangement demonstrates the development
in this young man's writing skills. It's a real beauty.
'Don't Know What I was Thinking' is another fine song with a strong melody
and memorable singalong chorus.
The ghost of Mr Presley must have been smiling in the wings while
'Can't Sing Straight' was being recorded. Our hero here showing off
the seldom heard lower register of his voice to fine effect.
Another belting brass arrangement on this one.
'Slippery Slope' is perhaps the album's highpoint. One of the loveliest
compositions in his career so far. The elusive chord changes and
painfully self-revealing lyrics enhancing this jewel of a song.
The grand scale of 'Jonathan's Book' presents us with an unusual
diversion. Music of wry humour and cocky bravado.
'One Of These Days' is a four-square rocker and nothing wrong with that.
'Turning The Gun On Myself' is another masterful piece of writing.Read more ›
Thompson's voice is rich, aural honey, with an impressive range that soars when he hits the high notes and caresses when he's at the lower end of the scale. Like a country-tinged, soulful mixture of his father and Jackson Browne, it is undeniably very pleasing to the ear indeed, especially when he is at his most unrestrained, such as on the glorious 'Don't Know What I Was Thinking' or the fragile beauty of the magnificent 'Slippery Slope'. The full breath of his vocal talents are on display here - 'Can't Sing Straight' even sees him treading the same moody, bluesy, rockabilly path of Johnny Cash, which also makes fine use of a punchy brass section.
This album is a cracker from the first song to the last. Perhaps as the pick of the bunch, 'In My Arms' is one of the most joyful, instantly likeable tracks on 'A Piece Of What You Need', but it really is an album packed full of memorable, melodic compositions which, although radio-friendly, all have warmth, intelligence and integrity. Beautifully produced, arranged and difficult to categorise in any particular genre, Teddy Thompson has released an album that truly is a piece of what we all need in our lives.
Previous reviewers of this 'new release' have made comments on it's 'over production'
I cannot agree! 'A Piece' is his best album to date, and will see Teddy finally 'Step out of the Shadow' and establish himself as the brilliant artist he is.
While he perhaps is not as well known here in the UK. as he is in his adopted USA. I think we will certainly be hearing more of 'Mr Thompson Jnr' in the future
This new release is devoid of any 'genre' catagory, his talents are far reaching, covering everything.....Rock, Soul, Folk, with as always, a little mock Country thrown into the mix.
Obviously many of his, and the production team's influences are to be heard on the album, and you can certainly hear many of them dotted through the album.
On first listen I found myself having a few Deja-vu moment's relating to the production sounds, ......thinking....... 'where have I heard that sound before?.
You then realise it is, in fact, in perhaps every 'classic' song that you could name spread over the years since you first listened to music!
It's a really clever trick that Mr Thompson has managed to pull off!
Finally! as alway's Teddy leaves us with a little suprise!......... Usually, I am not a fan of the 'Fashionably' hidden track.
I have never really seen the point of a 'bonus' track as they are sometimes called, 'put the track in the main body of the recording! but!.................. 'Fashionably Late' it appears, and is brilliant!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Teddy Thompson has a great voice, strong and flexible, with lots of expression. The songs are mostly fun and bouncy, with the occasional more sombre track. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Curmudgeon