Graham Reid | | 1 min read
This 35-year old son of famed British
folk-rockers Richard and Linda follows his own path. He took his
powerful, sensitive voice to excellent originals on his second album
Separate Ways in 05, followed it up with an album of country
covers Upfront and Down Low (which boasted the stunning sole
original in Down Low) then unveiled the exceptional album of
mature pop and alt.country A Piece of What You Need three year
For this collection of songs about
love – partners and family – he did the whole Brill Building
routine, went to an office to write, and kick starts it with a
radio-friendly slice of light power pop (Looking For a Girl).
These classic country-tinged pop
frameworks – ballads with strings, guitar-driven pop with memorable
choruses – perhaps sounds like they've been crafted at a desk but
Thompson's clear delivery and the sensitive arrangements remind you
many of pop's most memorable songs in the late 50s/early 60s came
about this way. And that Thompson is an Everly Brothers fan.
Produced by David Kahne (McCartney), this lacks a killer, sensitive ballad like Down Low (the sentimental Take Care of Yourself come close) or a standout, emotionally abrasive rocker (you wish The Next One was given added grit) – but Thompson's engaging voice is his ace, although you feel he's having to play it here when his hand is a bit weak.
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