Rolling Stone - 5/29/03, p.623 stars out of 5
- "...Richard Thompson's taut, literary folk pop is as odd and pleasing as ever..."
Entertainment Weekly - 5/16/03, p.72
"...The writing is just as rueful, darkly romantic, and exuberant as it's ever been..." - Grade: A-
Dirty Linen - 8/03, p.66
"...THE OLD KIT BAG offers the irony-laced sort of balm that Thompson dispenses so well, the cathartic relief that comes from his fiercely compelling explorations of pain, darkness, anger, and fear..."
The first 35,000 copies sold included a limited edition bonus CD, including tracks from Richard Thompson's 1000 YEARS OF POPULAR MUSIC show and footage from his BBC documentary.
Personnel: Richard Thompson (vocals, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, accordion, harmonium); Danny Thompson (double bass); Michael Jerome (drums, percussion, background vocals); Judith Owen (background vocals).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Richard Thompson (vocals, guitars, dulcimer, mandolin, accordion, harmonium); Danny Thompson (double bass); Michael Jerome (drums, percussion, background vocals); Judith Owen (background vocals).
Finding refuge in the arms of indie label Cooking Vinyl after years of wandering the deserts of the major labels, Richard Thompson strips his band down considerably in conjuring up the rich material that graces THE OLD KIT BAG. Longtime Thompson fans will be pleased to find the man rocking along quite convincingly, whether its with the steady build of tension found in the wiry opener "Gethsemane," the chiming and chugging "I'll Tag Along," or the rollicking chant "Jealous Words," (featuring Linda-like accompaniment by background vocalist Judith Owen.)
The (former?) Muslim guitar wizard takes a swipe at hardcore Islamic fundamentalism ("Outside of the Inside"), shines brightly with the positively poppy "She Said It Was Destiny," and makes like a Limey lounge singer with "I've Got No Right to Have It At All." Fans fortunate enough to acquire early copies of the album will be the beneficiaries of a bonus disc containing Thompson covers of Prince's "Kiss" and Orazio Vecchi's "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo," along with a snippet of BBC documentary footage.