Ken Tucker
July 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Upfront & Down Low

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Teddy Thompson
genre
Rock, Country

We gave it an A-

For his third album, the son of Richard and Linda Thompson lights out for country territory, covering hits made famous by everyone from George Jones to Elvis Presley. He leads off Upfront & Down Low with languidly gorgeous versions of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant’s ”Change of Heart” and Dolly Parton’s ”My Blue Tears,” and his thoughtful tenor reaches into the very soul of Merle Haggard’s ”The Worst Is Yet to Come.” Throughout, Thompson makes gloominess seem like a state of exalted grace.

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