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Monday, July 30, 2007

One to watch


Teddy Thompson's second album, which comes out here in October, is made up of country ballads by people like Ernest Tubb and Dolly Parton. It works because he's genuinely got the voice for it and the material never fails to do the job. (Is it possible to write a better song than "She Thinks I Still Care"?) None of these revisiting the classics albums seem to go over big commercially (unless you count Rod Stewart's horrid "American Songbook" series) but if you get the timing right they can delight a discriminating minority. Like you.

3 comments:

  1. Make that third album, the first two being 'Teddy Thompson' and 'Seperate Ways'.

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  2. That boy has a heartbreaker of a voice, and the album seems to be a labour of love, unlike Stewart's 'I can't be bothered to write any more, even though I'm not acutually half-bad' recent cannon of horribly-rendered classics (his version of my absolute favourite, The Way You Look Tonight, had me in the Wrong Kind Of Tears).

    Roll on October...

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  3. Graham H9:44 am

    Seems like Teddy has inherited his pipes genes from his Mom and not his Pa! Re: ‘the material’ – it is not universally acknowledged that country songs are some of the finest in known space, which is hard to explain given the evidence. Countryphobes of my acquaintance cite the ‘whiney’ or ‘twangy’ sound of the music. Is this difficulty a common problem?

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