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I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

Richard Thompson

Linda Thompson

1974

I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

Album Summary

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight is the second album released by Richard Thompson and the first including (and credited) with his then-wife, Linda Thompson, as Richard and Linda Thompson. It was released by Island Records in the UK in 1974. Although never commercially successful and critically ignored upon its release (and not released outside of the UK until Hannibal Records in 1983), it is now considered by several critics to be a masterpiece and one of the finest works of both Richard and Linda singularly or together.

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Rating

3

Votes

4711

Genres

  • Folk
  • Country
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Wed Nov 11 2020
5

folk music.......................good melancholic, kinda sleepy album. good fit since im tired rn and am usually vaguely sad if poked the right way. not much else to say. nice to have a more ""normal"" album after weird proto everything white light white heat and minimal weirdo pop non stop erotic cabaret. just Folk 9/10

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Bit of a masterpiece really

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

My one complaint about this album has always been that it's not long enough.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

I think this album is amazing. One of the most emotionally intense folk albums I've ever heard. I love it all but "Calvary Cross" is the one that really hits me hardest. Also one of my favorite album covers of all time.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Nice, folksy, and calm. Linda Thompson's name should also be included in the Artist name here.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Very nice album. Charming and heartwarming. Could imagine hearing them in a cosy pub with a beer and an open fire. Some very emotionally charged tracks, slightly haunting in places. Very well written and arranged.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

hermoso

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Like the original angus and julia stone. Loved the harmonies.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Like it.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Great British folk. Really heartwarming in places. Strong Neil Young and nick drake vibes in places.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Явудивление

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Don't tell anyone about this album which is by far and away one of the greatest kept secrets in music. I have listened to it hundreds of times and it just never lets me down. It was like revisiting an old friend with whom you never quarrel. The transition to Calvary Cross has to be one of the greatest in modern music history. Try not to cry when the existential wall hits you and you now know there is 'Nothing at the End of the Rainbow'. I always want to know more. Who were the Thompsons? Why were they so good? How come they never got famous? But I decided a long time ago intentionally NOT to open any of those boxes and potentially spoil the music. So dense and each song standing so alone that every song is like an album. If I was trapped on a desert island and could only have five albums, this would probably be one of them.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Perfect Saturday/Sunday morning music

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Aldrig hört talas om men det var ju jättebra. Tyckte det lät så mycket Fairport Covention. Efter litte googlande så förstår jag varför.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Hitting the right spot today

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

Folk's not really my thing, but this felt like it would make a really high-quality soundtrack to something. The words I caught were nice. The live tracks were very nice.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I've listened to and enjoyed this before, so falling asleep to it after a day where I was feeling anxious for no reason is actually a huge compliment imo. Plus the title track is an all time classic.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

I had a good time discovering this album

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Easy and sweet

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Didn't think I'd like it but it's stunning!!

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Production: 11/20 Songwriting: 15/20 Innovation: 10/20 Bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 15/20 = 66 Pleasantly surprised

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Nice album.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Okay, I by and large loved this! Now I’m thinking I maybe didn’t give the Fairport Convention album a fairport chance, guys. I’ll see what I can do about that. But in the meantime I’ll leave you with this little pearl of wisdom: “Lightning Crashes” by Live is “Calvary Cross” with more shouting. Prove me wrong.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Du bon folk rock ! Un classique que je ne connaissais pas. 4.5.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Have a few beers and a sing around the campfire, and the chards morph into this album. Enjoyed the vocals and much of the guitar

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Didn’t love didn’t hate, it was cute

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Great album, not quite remarkable enough to warrant a 5.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Not bad...enjoyable even

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

First listen I thought this was good but not outstanding, however I’ve ended up putting it on at least four times over the day. Probably my favourite of the albums I was hearing for the first time during this.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

When this album came up, I knew that I know some of Thompsons music. I tried to remember what I've heard before. I don't think it was anything from this album. I have listened to several tracks from Thompson, but I've never heard a full album. This was a solid, and enjoyable experience. "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" was my favorite track. I would listen to this album again.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

nice

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Couple of solid tunes, great atmosphere, but some of it lands a bit flat.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Pretty mellow, good acoustic ballads and nice use of brass for some background

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Nicht das ganz große Meisterwerk, dass der englische Wikipedia-Artikel wie so oft etwas zu vollmundig versprochen hat (obwohl das bei Solid Air von John Martyn völlig gestimmt hat), aber doch eine 4.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Sou uma luz pequenina. Leva-me à estação onde as malas carregam pessoas rumo ao sul Sou uma luz pequenina. Uma que não escreve que pouco fala que fica em chamadas para o oeste distante chama acesa e potente à espera de um sopro. "Dirty people take what's mine / I can leave them all behind" MotA: Down where the drunkards roll

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

folksy

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Didn't stick the way Fairport Convention did, but I'd be willing to give it another try to see if anything does. It still sounded very pleasant.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Classic folk with an amazing guitarist. What's the best thing to do when breaking up with the missus? Make an album about the break up obviously. Best Tracks: When I Get To The Border; I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight; Down Where The Drunkards Roll

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Solid folk with great vocals. Best track: Down Where the Drunkards Roll

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

I thought I'm gonna force myself to listening to this album, but it was actually really good. Not my type, but I enjoyed it. Very good.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Not heard it for a while but some great songs.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Terrific folky goodness.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

This was a nice vocal jazz album to listen to. Wasn't mind blowing but calming. 7/10.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Хороший плотный альбом гитарной американской музыки

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Liked this album a lot. Pretty haunting and moody throughout, simple instrumentals and great vocals.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Fantastic folk rock by the guy behind Fairport Convention. Tracks are diverse with unusual instruments and non-traditional techniques that reminds us the genre is called folk... so why not use instruments from centuries ago? Vocals are great by both of them, supplemented with excellent songwriting. Length is short enough to make for a pleasurable experience without getting tired of it. I'm not a huge fan, but it grows with each listen. There is little to complain about.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Very cool Irish folk music. I spent 10 days in Ireland years ago, and this album brought me right back to the pubs. Wont be everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoyed it

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

A new slant on electric folk - a stunning guitarist.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Best album to come from this list in a long while. Great folk, vocals, and instrumentation. Will be returning to this.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

It sounds good, I guess. But come on, it's 1973, and they are basically making folk? Kind of boring.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Very enjoyable Folk album. Liked the celtic influences as well as their hamonies. Album got a bit weaker at the end when the songs turned slower and more sad

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Great folk album. I loved the melodies and harmonies and shared vocals. The instrumentation was great.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

A cool like country roots album. "I need to spend some money and it won't wait" The title track is a good groove with excellent and grabbing lyrics.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

I really liked the folksy refrains. Reminded me a lot of Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Not exactly Liege and Leaf, but sneakily and steadily good. The quieter cuts are best – ”Withered and Died,” “Has He Got a Friend,” The End of the Rainbow.” The cultural reclamation tunes (“The Cavalry Cross” “We Sing Hallelujah”) also work well in context. RT isn’t much of a singer, but the excellent and subtle playing, song selections and overall plan more than make up for it. 3.6 > 4

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Layered and beautiful

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Mon May 02 2022
4

An unexpected change of pace - new to me. I could get into this. Loved the opening track, lost some steam by the end.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

This review has taken a few days. I knew I liked it very much straight away, but there was some wavering, some irresolution on my part, and I couldn't grasp exactly why. I still feel twinges of uncertainty, but hopefully bashing out some words will clarify things. Fairport Convention are not really a group that has entered my orbit; this is not due to any preconception about folk, but just that every time I always found another act that stirred my curiosity more. Sorry Fairport Convention, but I'd rather check out Alice Cooper and Jacques Brel at this minute. Anyway, Richard Thompson left Fairport Convention and started his solo career, and then a duo with his new wife Linda (fun fact: Linda Thompson used to be Nick Drake's girlfriend). And I found Linda to be the standout, the main reason the album works so well. Please understand that this is not meant as a slight against Richard: his songwriting on this record, notable for its air of despair, continually impresses, as does his fretwork. But Linda's singing is what I truly adore about this album: just listen to how eerie and unnerving her voice is on the last, best track, The Great Valerio. But why have I paused? With most of the folk albums I love (e.g., Five Leaves Left or Jackson C. Frank's one album), I raised my skirt for them first time unquestioningly. With this, it has had to work a little to seduce me. Also, I wish it would last longer. There's not so much a sense of a journey across this album, but rather ten fine songs. When the end came, I was taken by surprise: was it already over? I wish I didn't have to be this critical; I would love to eulogise this, and there is real gold here. Perhaps more time with it would drive me to bump it up to the highest perch, but I already have about 900 more albums to sort out.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

This was a surprise. I don't care for folk (or even folk rock, generally). I was aware of the reputation of this album (and, even more so, Shoot Out The Lights). I thought it would be a case of an album I could appreciate but not love. But I listened to this through three times in a row, and then picked out my faves (The Great Valerio, title track, When I get To The Border, Calvary Cross, Down Where The Drunkards Roll). I very quickly became familiar and loved this record. While steeped in folk, Richard Thompson's use of electric guitar (and occasionally electric piano) really lift this. Linda's voice is so terrific, and she clearly deeply understands these songs. I really came around to loving this record. I'm putting it on my wantlist.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

most people don’t know this but spotify actually made this album to replace Neil Young and Joni Mitchell

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

great british folk music

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

I was lukewarm on this bleak sounding collection the first time through. As a fan of British Folk music, I wondered why they would have sent picked it, with so much other quality stuff out there. But the songs grow on you. Linda Thompson has a wonderful voice and Richard is a creative guitar player and great lyricist, though a bit dark.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

A really fine album. Some great songs, particularly the title track, Calvary Cross and Down Where the Drunkards Go, beautiful guitar throughout

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

A surprisingly great folk rock album from the UK. Richard Thompson's songwriting is so quintessentially British that it's hard not to like it. Melancholy and fatalistic in equal measure with just the right hint of optimism to keep the ship afloat. Really well done. This was so close to a 5-star album. I bounced back and forth on it throughout the whole album but, at the end of the day, there just wasn't enough that was truly exceptional to earn it 5 stars. But it's a solid 4.5 at least.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Quintessential British folk rock that’s bleaker and more cynical than I anticipated, with the jauntier tunes holding some of the album’s darkest truths. Paradoxically though, ‘…Bright Lights Tonight’ is still easy to love because despite its songs being full of existential dread and tales about the futility of life, it’s so accomplished and inviting musically.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

merci à la voix de linda thompson

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

On paper it ticks so many boxes for something i wouldn't like, but i really liked it. i may need to change my boxes

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Enjoyable and surprisingly close to country music given it's origin in Britain.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Gorgeous songs with lovely vocals and melancholy, sometimes deeply cynical lyrics. The arrangements are elegant, yet also expertly restrained. This is the album I would give to anyone who claims they don't like folk rock. Fave Songs: When I Get to the Border, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Withered and Died, The Calvary Cross The End of the Rainbow, Down Where the Drunkards Roll

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Très belle découverte! Ça tombe dans mes cordes! Jsuis occupé, donc j'ai pas le temps d'écrire plus.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Really good, and some great variety in there. A couple songs are duds but that’s all part of the fun

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

Crisp, distinctive guitar playing. A unique electric blend of traditional English folk, and rock. Surprising chord changes. Pretty fucking cool.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Folk, Calming, Soothing, Sweet, Acoustic, Subtle, Introspective, Storytelling

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Yeah, enjoyed this - the Linda-lead songs were folky goodness. Kinda reminded me of Steeleye Span. And some of the Richard-lead songs, particularly "The Calvary Cross" and "The End of the Rainbow" prefigured slowcore, which is probably my favourite core, music genre-wise. Plus, "The Calvary Cross" was used to _such_ good effect in the movie "The Night House". If you like supernatural horror films, skip the trailer and go watch it! Fave track - "The Calvary Cross", natch.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Nice indie influence

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I usually like Richard Thompson both solo and with Linda. I think this is a very good album. The title track is great (although not quite as good as Wall of Death from the much later Shoot Out the Lights album). As always, his guitar playing is very impressive.

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Mon Oct 05 2020
3

didnt stick much but i love all the female parts of the songs :)

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

July 4th, Fitting album for today. Mostly somber but sometimes upbeat folk music with rock elements that make it more interesting. Standout Tracks: When I Get To The Border, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, The Little Beggar Girl, Together Again (Live), The Cavalry Cross (Live)

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Mon Sep 21 2020
3

definitely some good tracks. The kind of album (like most albums) I think I would need to listen to more than once. Definitely could see myself liking it a lot after a bunch of listens.

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Fri Nov 20 2020
3

Ok. Liked songs that added horns the most

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Wed Dec 09 2020
3

2.5/5

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

sounds lush and at points fantastic, but the actual meat on the bones aren't all there for me necessarily throughout

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Not a big fan

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

It was ok.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

I liked it. There was a song that sounded very shanty-esque!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Nice bit of fokk

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Solid.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

On average I liked Richard's songs more but I like Down Where The Drunkards Roll the best out of this album. As a whole it's ok.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Not bad, bits of folk are tasteful

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Folk stuff not too bad tbh

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Overall decent folk that I liked. One song: The End of the Rainbow is really depressing, but kinda beautiful.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Good record, with two or three great songs... But really can't see anything special... Maybe lyrics? I did not pay attention...

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Jako znawca brytyjskiej muzyki folkowej, albumiku oczywiscie nie kojarze, nie slyszalem takze o malzenstwie Panstwa Thompsonow nigdy wczesniej, ale albumik bardzo przyjemny w odsluchu, wiekszosc wokali to Pani Linda, ale sa tez kawalki na ktorych spiewaja w duecie, badz Pan bierze udzial w chorkowaniu, instrumenty jak to na folkowego rocka przystalo, gitarki klasyczne, elektryki, jakis basik, drumy spokojne i nawet akordeonowe kawalki sie znajda, na plejke leci otwierajacy when i get to the border, gdzie najwiekszy udzial wokalowy ma Pan Rychu i ciekawe gitarki mozna posluchac oraz tytulowy I want to see the bright lights tonight, bardzo moodowy albumik

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

there was a time and place for music like this....I'm sad I missed it because I think I could have gotten into it..... but in present day I don't think I can actually enjoy this music much :/

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Leuke soft rock maar wel een beetje saai. Wel leuke achtergrond muziek

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Y Linda Thompson

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Don't love folk music but this had some great hooks and I feel they compliment each other very well Saved: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, We Sing Hallelujah

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Good american, country music, don't have anything else to say about it.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

nice enough, but a bit hippy dippy

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

I liked a few of the songs especially when they sang together...the harmonies were beautiful. But only a few songs would I listen to more than once.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

A bit of an odd duck for the time period.... Unique layered folk song appeal. Good to listen to once

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Surprisingly good, slightly funky folk

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Folky

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Sun May 23 2021
3

I’d first listened to Richard Thompson here in Fairport Convention, which didn’t do anything for me. This record is far better from the opening pair of songs, probably the two best tracks on the album. For vocals, to be honest, I prefer Richard to Linda, who’s more natural and less melodramatic. While there are some fine songs in the second half, I found myself looking for something else every time “We Sing Hallelujah” came on.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Easy listening with some great variety. Moderate tempo and upbeat feelings.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Nice easy album to listen to. I feel they harmonize well and definitely some great songs from people I've never heard of before

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

// Favs: The Cavalry Cross Score: Light to Decent 3

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Folky Country like "rock" so far so good.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Ok, a bit too country for me

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

boring but a nice listen

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Nice folk music. I enjoyed it. But I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece, by any stretch, as people say. 3/5

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Nice sleepy folk album. Something I'd listen to on a rainy day while cleaning or something

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Very folksy and well written. Title track was the best but probs wouldn’t listen to it again

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

A great find. I’m not crazy for the sea shanty elements, but I should have heard this before now. Really enjoyed ‘The Calvary Cross.’ 3.5

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

This album seems like it influenced a lot of early 00s indie acts.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

I have owned this album for nearly 20 years but don’t listen too often. The bits I like, I really like. But those are the least folky bits. The stuff on the really folky end of the spectrum doesn’t do much for me at all.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

7/10

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Nikad za njih čuo, ali vidim da su prava jesenska gozba, hehe. Nije loše. U nekim dijelovima njen vokal me podsjeća na Nico. Favoritne: Down Where the Drunkards Roll, The End of the Rainbow

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Yeah it was ok.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Rating: 6/10

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

I think this is one of those records I'm supposed to worship. It was fine?

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Some lovely English folk music. If a little generic sounding. Nothing really stands out to me (unlike Shoot Out The Lights). Maybe more listens would bring a higher rating but for now 3.5 🌟

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

was good

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

I enjoyed it but it didn't stand out to me, this one probably won't be a repeat listen

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Couple of lovely tracks here (calvary cross and IWTSTBLT)

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

I'm a folk fan so I really enjoy this album musically. And its lyrically solid. I just am a much larger fan of American folk music and get tired of the English whine at times. It is still a really good album just not the vocal sound I enjoy.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Good for what it is but not something I'd listen to often

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Interesante. No sabía que existían. Buena noticia conocerlos.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Found this album after watching The Night House for the use of Calvary Cross. Calvary Cross is easily the best on the album, but decent overall (minus Beggar's Girl).

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Is it fun and enjoyable? Yes. Are there a few standout tracks? Also yes. But do I find it infinitely enjoyable to listen and re-listen to? Nah, not really. It was a solid album, it was worth a listen, and I enjoyed it. Highlights/fave tracks included "We Sing Hallelujah," "Withered and Died," and "The Little Beggar Girl." Good stuff here, solid listening, and deserves to be on the list. Just not my particular cup of tea.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

I enjoyed the first half a lot. Folksy tunes with some upbeat elements (which are apparently shanty elements). The second half is the usual slow folk that is so boring I decided to just give this a 3 instead of a 4. Still, it's another one of the few folk albums that I actually enjoy.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Not a huge folk person but it seems fine, the titular track was definitely the best.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Interesting. Guitar technique and mezzo-soprano singing. (6/10) FT: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

melancholy tavern music. its alright.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Some very fine English campfire music.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Better than the average folk album. I'm not generally a fan of folk but I could see myself listening to this again

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Woah. what a patchwork. Accordion, harpsichord, bagpipes maybe?? Not for me but what a ride.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

It decent. Pleasant on the ears with some pretty nice guitar work and songwriting. 5/10

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Landed up not, not liking it

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Mention bien

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Worth another listen.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

A pleasant folk album. Linda’s voice is radiant. I think The Great Valerio is my favorite track.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

This is a little folky for me but the title track is killer. Great, great, great tune. Love Linda's voice on it. Her voice is slow, light and tangy while Richard's is reminiscent of Gordon Fitzgerald (yawn). Linda's voice grew on me over the course of listening to this album, but wasn't enough to elevate this into a four star rating. However, I'll add the Bright Lights track to a favorites playlist.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Folk, even with the great Richard Thompson is not cutting it for me right now. Catch me in a few month's time and I might have a different opinion on this album..

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

I have a thing for ‘reinterpreting’ lyrics. Which is to say (1) mishearing, (2), taking out of context, and then (3) reinserting said mishear lyrics into a totally different context. (An example. Start spreading the news/I’m leaving tomorrow. For a good two decades, I thought Ol’ Blue Eyes was a man of advance planning etc. as it happens, I still think ‘today’ makes no sense) Anyway, I thought ‘The Little Beggar Girl’ was ‘My little bagatelle.’ If Richard made Linda sing this on stage, no wonder they had a tempestuous relationship and so on. Talk about projection. She has an interesting voice, his is Kwiksave basics. Arrangement effective but just about that. Doubt I’ll go out of my way to listen to this again.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I had NO idea what to expect having never listen to any of Thompsons discography. What I got was pretty well done folk rock that I am more than certain fueled many a singer-songwriter in the ‘80s. The Dylan inspiration is clear.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

The title track is great- catchy, lush sound and production, nice harmonies. But the rest of the album is just ok. Generally the woman who sings is much better than the man- the man (Richard Thompson) has fine range but his voice is kind of whiny. I didn’t especially like any of the songs he sang. And outside of the title track, the rest of the album is heavy on slow and sad songs or very spare, simple production. There’s some nice stuff in there but it’s not as gripping as the title track.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Meh! Pretty average folk album, nothing special Linda's voice is much better IMO than her husband making her tracks my favourite

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Too folky for my current mood

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Fine. A soundtrack to a melancholy indie movie I haven't watched.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

Middle of the road country.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Better than expected given the time period; there are even a few good songs here.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Du bon folk sans plus

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Folk. Muy bueno.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

This wasn't as rewarding as I had hoped. I thought that I was familiar with the album and was in for a treat. I managed to get it mixed up with Don't Renege. Whoops. It was pleasant enough, serving as a useful document of the folk meets electric crossover. Dickie and L harmonise well together. At times I thought I had been transported to some Gawd bloody awful folk club and was expected to take a turn on the stage. Half decent.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Ok this pair are from London but the music is a mix of Irish-sounding folk songs (bunged-on accents and lyrics about alcoholism, being poor and migrating) and then some other tracks are just kinda straight-up 70s soft rock. The more traditional folk end has been done far better, the generic rock songs are boring, and nothing ever really kicks into powerband. Probably shouldn't be on this list but neither should half the other shit it gives me most days. 2.5/5.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

I know this is a classic, but the music genre does not appeal to me at all. Nice lyrics tho, and I definitively felt the personal and internal conflict of its authors being poured into the songs.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
2

It was ok

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

It's not the worth thing in the world, but I wouldn't listen again and wouldn't suggest to anyone.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Prima folk, was lekker

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

One decent song, but not terrible

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Kind of typical-sounding 60s/70s rock, but really slow and boring. I don't hate it, I just wouldn't listen to it again.

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Let's say that I'm not particularly fond of 70's English folk rock.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Folk rock bastante moñas.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

Hoewel ik een zwak heb voor samenzang vind ik dit zaad-muziek.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

Het had wat Fleetwood Mac vibes, maar over het geheel toch teveel gezapige vibes.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

Mwah, kabbelde wat voorbij maar niet bijster interessant.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Not bad, but not my favorite. 0RS

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

Tjemig, ik begon met goede moed aan dit album. Ik ken deze familie Thompson niet zo goed, maar als snel was ik er klaar mee.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

A bit too folky 😄

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Classic folk music that easily passes the time. However, this album's musical rhythm is too slow for my tastes.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

This brand of folk rock was a bit tedious for myself. I few interesting lyrical sections or tracks weren't able to pull me in enough to say that I enjoyed myself or the vibes this particular kind of folk rock is putting down. Maybe it's how anxious and distant it feels at times, I am not quite sure, but it just ended up very flat to me.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

I don't really have an interesting take. Its decent music. Probably won't get another listen, but I am not mad at it.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

Not really interesting, more like a radio sound 3/5

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

Generic 70s half-country twang. I nearly fell asleep as soon as I heard a few notes. Pass.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

4.5

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Tue Aug 10 2021
2

Some interesting instrumentation, but most tracks are dreadfully one-note in structure

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Ok nothing special.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

Here and there ok. Threw the kitchen sink of instruments at times.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

Enjoyable

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Sun Nov 14 2021
2

They sound like a lovely couple who moved to the suburbs and started experimenting with swinging out of sheer boredom. I might do the same after this.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
2

folk off! ha ha, did you see what i did there. there's a folk night in every town in the country specifically for all the chunky knitwear wearing, lentil eating 60 year old bearded men with mad guitar skills that have a hard on for songs about how shit life was before electricity. if for some reason i want to feel the pain of someone who's job it was to sift effluence to feed their family of 14 in song format then i'll just seek out one of those pubs. history nonces.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
2

not that bad 2.5

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Nije mi za 2 nije mi za 3

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Sun Dec 05 2021
2

This was pleasant to listen to and I did enjoy it, however I have hard time rating this higher than 2 because I just feel there are so much better folk music stemming from this era. I will give this a strong 2 star rating though.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

Meh... 1.8/5

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Sun Jan 16 2022
2

"1001 Albums Generator doesn't give me a Folk Rock album for 3 days" challenge (IMPOSSIBLE) Nothing to be said. It's folk rock. Boring. Next.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

At first listen, the draw is slight and the decision to remain engaged is delayed but not denied. An intentional exam of the lyrics of "When I Get to the Border" suggests that as far as songwriting goes, the Thompson's looking to tell short stories. The border is a euphemism for heaven, with golden pavement upon arrival. Yes, there's a flute and electric guitar showdown as well, musically, and that is a little weird. The title track might just be as happy, or sad, as the album gets, with the young lady insistent that she's taken on a date that spans an entire weekend full of dancing, bright lights and drunken nights that she can dream of on Monday morning. Overall, the theme is rather sad and without the sympathetic quality of the blues that suggest tomorrow can be a better day. Instead, the album goes a bit further in suggesting that tomorrow can be a better day but it probably will not. If one is prone to manic depression, perhaps there is an empathetic vibe with which to vent one's sorrows, as well as a mild tone with which to disappear into a corner when finished.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

Pretty meh but good background music 2/5

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

A little too slow for me but had a few good songs! Not sure I would listen again.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

Not my thing

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

Strangely enjoyable but not quite right 2.5 !

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Eh.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

I can enjoy very folky English folk for the odd song, but a whole album is a bit much for me, particularly if it is on the gloomy side, like this is. If you're going down the route of this sound, I'd much prefer songs with earthy lyrics about trees, seasons and North Yorkshire coastal herb fayres. 2/5

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

Like The Pogues, but not as good

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

not for me

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

not for me

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Too folk for me

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Sun May 22 2022
2

Did not love this. The title track was the only song I liked at all, tbh. And randomly I watched the movie Looper after listening to this album and the title track was in it. Small world.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

I tried, and it was nice, but not my thing...feels like music to listen to in a tent on a rainy camping trip before you think maybe I should burn my hand to feel alive.

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