The Old Kit Bag On his past few albums, Thompson's routinely terrific songwriting has been obscured by florid, overbaked production. Not so on this effort, a low-wattage affair in… The Old Kit Bag On his past few albums, Thompson's routinely terrific songwriting has been obscured by florid, overbaked production. Not so on this effort, a low-wattage affair in… 2003-02-03 Richard Thompson
Music Review

The Old Kit Bag (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 03, 2003; Lead Performance: Richard Thompson

On his past few albums, Thompson's routinely terrific songwriting has been obscured by florid, overbaked production. Not so on this effort, a low-wattage affair in which the guitarist is backed by a sturdy rhythm section and Judith Owen's shimmering vocals. The writing is just as rueful, darkly romantic, and exuberant as it's ever been.

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints
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