"Dream Attic" (Proper, 2010) is another solid Richard Thompson album. It´s recorded live, with lots of electric guitar, and dark, ironic lyrics!
You get some really slow, sad songs like "Among The Gorse, Among The Grey"and "Burning Man", but also folky, good rocking songs that would fit on some of the best Fairport Convention albums. The song "Sidney Wells" is worth the price of the album all by itself. I´m almost dancing here, but then I start to pay attention to the lyrics about the murderer who gets punished by his fellow prisoners.
The band: Richard Thompson (g, voc), Pete Zorn (g, flute, reeds, mandolin, voc), Michael Jerome (dr, voc), Taras Prodaniuk (b, voc) og Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin, voc).
Too much electric guitar for you? Make sure you get the double, limited edition with acoustic versions too. The acoustic versions are nice, but this time I will choose the electric Thompson over the acoustic.
Head over to Beesweb to see a video of "A Brother Slips Away". Sad and beautiful it is.