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Richard Thompson: Still...toting a mean guitar - The Audiophile Man
Title: Still Label: Vinyl180 Originally released in 2015, this album is intriguing, even before you place it carefully on your turntable’s platter. Not really because of Thompson, either but because who was behind the studio glass. It was Buddy Miller who, as producer, sat behind in the chair for 2013’s production of Electric in 2013 (and a right ol’corker that was too). This time it’s Jeff Tweedy from the band, Wilco, who sat in the seat (in the Loft studio in Chicago, this time). Thompson obviously thought that he was onto something with the guitar-player-as-producer tactic. What Tweedy does and what Thompson expects is for Tweedy to stay the hell out of the way. And he does. So Thompson is front an centre on this album. That is, there’s no over production rubbish to drown out the purity of the Thompson message. There is a spareness and a clarity in terms of the presentation of Thompson the performer. That is despite the presence of of Taras Prodaniuk on bass and Michael Jerome on drums. Tweedy is also canny enough to realise that you can add an element of richness to a song without getting in the way, which he does on …