63. Richard Thompson—RUMOR AND SIGH

Richard Thompson’s best solo record. As a rule, I think his finest work came during his collaborations with Linda Thompson in the 1970s and early 1980s. But this 1991 album combines terrific songs with inspired playing and singing. It’s typically dark in content, but somehow the music here is more accessible than usual. Thompson’s sense of humor also shines through. Standout cuts include the tragic love and death story song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” the painfully ironic “I Misunderstood,” the defiant “I Feel So Good,” and “Keep Your Distance.” More than any other Thompson record, this one will get the listener moving.

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Capitol, 1991. [All Music Guide review]

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