Richard Thompson fanatics, especially those familiar with his tenure in the pioneering folk-rock band Fairport Convention during the ‘60s and with wife Linda Thompson in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, valued his ferocity and invention as a guitarist as much as his singing and songwriting. In recent decades, the guitar at times served the songs almost to a fault, as if Thompson were too modest for his own good. Dream Attic was looser and rougher than the guitarist had been in quite some time, a timely reminder that Thompson could still let it rip, and Electric (New West) follows suit.
Recorded in Nashville with kindred spirit Buddy Miller producing, Electric retains the core of the Thompson touring band from Dream Attic, a “Celtic power trio,” as Thompson calls them. Not that everything is all out, all the time. The album might more accurately be titled “Eclectic” rather than Electric, because the material ranges from autumnal folk (“Another Small Thing in Her Favour”) to hard-rock stomp (“Stuck on a Treadmill”). — Chicago Tribune