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Not to all tastes, bt well worth a listen
on 3 September 2007
Her first studio release for 5 years, this is the new album from Linda Thompson. Her voice seems fine for someone that loses it on a regular basis, but her choice of material isn't one that uplifts my heart.
I can't say "buy this album" with hand on heart, but take a listen. Others have enjoyed it far more than me. You may be amongst that number and god knows, the talent of this woman needs encouragement,
Two straightforward instrumental tracks of this name top and tail the album. Nice. Filler.
The title track starts with a discordant brass band, reflecting the discordant emotions of the song.
"you can play any part with a versatile heart,
Sugar soft and sweet, you make my life complete"
"You're lucky you can choose who you love and who you lose
That's An Art"
"Stay on the road you two faced fool
That way we'll not come to blows"
Discordant, unsettling, quite brilliant,
The Way I Love You
Another melancholy song, wistful and slow. With an accordion.
Another melancholy song, wistful and slow. With strings. Contributed by Rufus Wainwright, I still think most of his songs would be done best by k.d.laing,
For me this is almost the standout track of the album. Lively, vital, singing tinged with humour, it has it all.
Daughter Kamila wrote this witty composition, that shows her mothers talents off. An excellent song. This is the standout track of the album for me.
Do Your Best For Rock `N Roll
Dolly Parton would have been proud. Dross.
Day After Tomorrow
A melancholy anti-war song from the pen of Tom Waits, wistful and slow.
Blue & Gold
AMS, W&S. Sorry.
Give Me A Sad Song
Suddenly american, a Dolly Parton song. A low.
AMS, W&S. About the end of a relationship, from an unusual viewpoint. Despite myself, I like this!
Whiskey, Bob Copper And Me
A paean to the early days. Somewhat enjoyable.
The tail, musically more complex than the top. Short and sweet.