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posted: February 13, 2009

Teddy Thompson – A Piece of What You Need A Piece of What You Need

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Teddy Thompson – A Piece of What You Need

Oddly enough, this record sounds a lot more like Warren Zevon than Jordan Zevon’s record did. Teddy Thompson’s last record Up Front and Down Low had a lot more of a hard core country groove to it and this one has much more of a pop feel. Thompson said “I think this is my pop record, but I’m not really sure, because I’m not sure what that word means anymore.”

I’m not sure he does either, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a very enjoyable record. The recording is fantastic, with a very open and airy feel to it with some fantastic arrangements. His wry sense of humor is at its best on “Can’t Sing Straight” when he sings “I was an ugly kid with an ugly name, I never had much of a wild side to tame.”

I guess I would classify this record as having more of a pop-alt-country feel, but I mean that in the kindest of ways. The boy still has a bit of a twang in his step, but perhaps in a Lyle Lovett at his best kind of way. Interestingly enough, he recruits Marius de Vries (Bjork and Rufus Wainwright) to produce this record, taking him further musically than his first two records.

Much like Jordan Zevon, I am really impressed that Thompson has not aped his dad’s style at all.

–Jeff Dorgay

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