Richard Thompson (from the album 13 Rivers available on New West Records)
The song tributaries that flow from 13 Rivers, the recent release from Richard Thompson, all move on powerful currents of rhythm. Pounding percussion counts time for “The Rattle Within”, lightly picked notes flicker around the pulse of a demanding beat to underscore the desperation of “No Matter”, guitar strings are the rubbery rhythm percolating in “Bones of Gilead”, and a slow-paced country cadence gracefully escorts “My Rock, My Rope”. The stories of 13 Rivers are translated by the wisdom delivered with a wink that has become a trademark signature for Richard Thompson, the songwriter admitting that ‘I don’t know how the creative process works. I suppose it is some kind of bizarre parallel existence to my own life. I often look at a finished song and wonder what the hell is going on inside me. We sequenced the weird stuff at the front of the record, and the tracks to grind your soul into submission at the back’.
Capturing 13 Rivers on 100% analog at Boulevard Recording Studio, the album is the first self-produced effort from Richard Thompson in over a decade. Using his regular backing band, Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Bobby Eichorn (guitar), 13 Rivers makes a statement in creativity, exporting the British Folk Rock and natural wit of Richard Thompson into new territory. Clouds of rhythm gather on the edge of “The Storm Won’t Come” as the track opens 13 Rivers carving a dramatic swath. Rock’n’Roll ups the beat to catch the man looking to fit in with “You Can’t Reach Me” as slow Blues turns the wheel to find “The Dog in You” while Richard Thompson puts a rumble underneath “Her Love Was Meant for Me” and walks distinct steps in the rhythm of “Do These Tears Belong to You”.
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