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After 17 years away, Fashionably Late signalled Linda Thompson's triumphant return to the world stage. As one of the greatest female rock singers, Thompson reaffirmed her songwriting skills on this release with the moving ... more »
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After 17 years away, Fashionably Late signalled Linda Thompson's triumphant return to the world stage. As one of the greatest female rock singers, Thompson reaffirmed her songwriting skills on this release with the moving Nine Stone Rig and Weary Life. Guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks and, for the first time in 20 years, Richard Thompson, contribute to a truly powerful piece of art.
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Bob Dubery | Johannesburg, South Africa | 03/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...that's what's missing in so much mass-market pop music these days. Well here's an antidote. This album is rich with superb craftsmanship - elegant harmonies, real instruments (acoustic guitars, fiddles, accordions), lovely songs that whilst recently written have a timeless quality.Oh, and let's not forget the return of a great voice. After a long silence (literally) Linda Thompson has returned and she has lost nothing as a singer and reveals herself here as a fine composer."
Call It Fashionably Timeless
James Carragher | New York | 05/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seventeen years of recorded silence, but when it was broken in Fashionably Late time, Linda Thompson's return could just as well have come one year after One Clear Moment. And timeless is a good thing -- her voice, whatever it went through in the interim, rings rich and unscathed. Although she wrote or co-wrote nine of the ten songs, they sound decades or centuries old, recalling Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span in their primes or, reaching even further back, the Childe Ballads that Joan Baez sang in her very early albums. Count on mayhem and dissolution aplenty -- a lover gorily murdered (Nine Stone Rig), a worn out whore (On the Banks of the Clyde), and gothic secrets (Miss Murray). A fairly stock "I never should have married" lament surprises with a couple of humorous twists (Weary Life). A little less general bleakness would have been welcome, as in my favorite cut, No Telling where two people unexpectedly revive each other's glow for life. Evona Darling is another highlight, as Linda trades verses with her son Teddy. Dear Mary gets ex-husband Richard in the mix with some great guitar and an irresistible chorus; it's the second best song on the album. The weakest is Paint and Powder Beauty, a dragging six minute dirge of a prostitute way past her prime. But then to close comes the intriguing Dear Old Man of Mine -- a weary, all-scores-settled Valentine to a past love. Can there be any doubt who it's about?"
Neil Bostock | Middletown, NY United States | 02/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just as a correction to the previous posting, Linda Thompson never sang with Fairport Convention, but started her career with husband Richard. Doesn't diminish her brilliance, but for the sake of accuracy..."