In typical Richard Thompson fashion, his 40-something album continues to define the British folk-landscape, which he has been redefining for more than 40 years.
He's one of those sadly under-appreciated artists who deserves a wider audience.
Electric, as the title suggests, is fully plugged-in, with Thompson leading a tight-as band of folk-funksters in one of his more rhythmic outings, highlighted by the almost Talking Heads-ish Good Things Happen To Bad People, where he again shows why he is also rated as one of the finest guitarists around.
The wryly observed Where's Home? and The Snow Goose, featuring Alison Krauss on harmony vocals, are beautifully rendered slow-burners with melodies to cry for, while Stony Ground has a toe-tapping rock'n'roll heart. Every music collection should have at least one Thompson album.
Once you've been smitten, there's incredibly rich rewards in his back catalogue.
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