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Richard Thompson: Walking On A Wire

Rob Young, Uncut, August 2009

Atop the emotional tightrope... an expansive, career-spanning four-CD set for Anglicana's finest guitar warrior.

What is it about Richard Thompson? He's amassed a loyal international following but he ain't 'hip'; like his contemporaries Bert Jansch and the late John Martyn. He's affectionately loved and critically respected, but he's never placed on magazine covers (except guitarists' ones). He's an Englishman comfortably expatriated in Los Angeles, a Sufi who trades in Christian biblical imagery, a diffident wit who's arguably at his finest when plunged into abject despondency.

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