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|Richard Thompson & Linda|
Pour Down Like Silver
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Pour Down Like Silver offers a fascinating glimpse of one of England's most seminal musicians steeped in a consuming passion. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Richard Thompson and his wife Linda had converted to the my... more »
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Pour Down Like Silver offers a fascinating glimpse of one of England's most seminal musicians steeped in a consuming passion. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Richard Thompson and his wife Linda had converted to the mystical Islamic discipline of Sufism when they recorded this stark, riveting folk-rock album, which retains its powers as a uniquely spiritual document long after the couple's subsequent divorce and Richard Thompson's migration beyond its shaping doctrines. Modern listeners are left with a bracing essay noteworthy for such classics as "Streets Of Paradise," the brooding valentine of "For Shame Of Doing Wrong," the classic folk-rock love song, "Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair," and the powerful dirge of "Night Comes In," which transforms the image of dervishes dancing toward enlightenment into a deliberate yet hard-rocking climax worthy of Neil Young--with accordion, no less. --Sam Sutherland
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, you've heard "Shoot Out the Lights," the greatest album R&L made when they didn't like each other. Now hear the best one they made while they were still in love. "Pour Down Like Silver" is an incredibly warm, intimate album, and is strangely underrated. It was recorded at a strange time in the Thompsons' musical career--it reflects the Sufi Muslim spirituality that Richard and (less so) Linda embraced at the time, but it still retains the earthier aspects of their earlier work. The songs of regret over love departed ("For Shame of Doing Wrong" and "Beat the Retreat") are haunting--the pain is all too real. As is the devotion of a song like "Dimming of the Day." There's also humor ("Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair"), disgust ("Hard Luck Stories"), and moral outrage ("Streets of Paradise"), but the album avoids crossing the line into preachy self-righteousness, unlike the following pair of R&T albums.And the music! So stark, yet shimmering. The instrumentation is far more spare than on the first two Thompson albums, every part on the record means something. Richard's guitar playing is more prominent than on "I Want To See the Bright Lights" or "Hokey Pokey"--this is more of a rock album, yet it's hardly typical. The singing is sublime, as good as any they've ever done."Pour Down Like Silver" tends to get lost in the (justified) hype of "Shoot Out the Lights," but it's arguably a better, more lasting album. Virtually every song is a classic and many have stayed in Richard's setlist for years. Treat yourself to one of the truly great albums and get this disc!"
Haunting artistry with hints of light in the darkness
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It used to puzzle me why some of the funniest artists wrote the best "sad" songs. This album shows why. It takes artists with an understanding of life's gray areas to move convincingly between dark and light. The Thompson's show their true genius for navigating back and forth on this album and the songs here are as haunting as any I've heard."
Richard and Linda's best
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This, to me, is by far the best of Richard and Linda's albums (and that's not saying the others are bad).. Linda's beautiful vocals, Richard's virtuoso guitar (electric and acoustic) and songs of regret (For Shame of Doing Wrong), spite (Hard Luck Stories) and total despair (the majestic Night Pours In). In short the usual Richard Thompson mixture... I would say that in all his continuing career Richard Thompson has only bettered this with Rumour and Sight."