Acoustic Classics II

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Acoustic Classics II
Richard thompson acoustic classics II album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 August 2017
RecordedRumiville Studio, Texas
GenreFolk rock
Length54:24
LabelBeeswing
ProducerRichard Thompson and Simon Tassano
Richard Thompson chronology
Still
(2015)
Acoustic Classics II
(2017)
Acoustic Rarities
(2017)

Acoustic Classics II is the seventeenth solo studio album by British singer/songwriter Richard Thompson. It was released by Beeswing Records on 10 August 2017.

Background[edit]

Acoustic Classics II is the second acoustic compilation album by Richard Thompson; the songs range from his time in Fairport Convention, as half of a duo with Linda Thompson and as a solo artist.

The album was released on Vinyl, CD and digital download.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Financial Times4/5 stars[3]
Folk Radio UKPositive[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Independent4/5 stars[6]
Record Collector3/5 stars[7]
The Press5/5 stars[8]
The Times3/5 stars[9]
Uncut4/5 stars[10]

On the Metacritic website, which aggregates reviews from critics and assigns a normalised rating out of 100, Acoustic Classics II received a score of 78, based on 1 mixed and 4 positive reviews.[1]

Among the critics that gave the album positive reviews, Uncut called the album "an unalloyed treat" adding that "there's something fundamentally satisfying about Thompson unplugged".[10] Andy Gill writing in The Independent states that "there’s no dip in quality here as Richard Thompson revisits material"[6] and Folk Radio UK call the album "one to treasure".[4] David Honigman of TheFinancial Times writes that "this second volume Richard Thompson has recorded of acoustic cover versions of his own songs works better than the first"[3] and Jude Rogers in The Guardian praises Thompson's "authoritative, confident voice" and "pearl-bright guitar-playing".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Richard Thompson except “Crazy Man Michael” by Thompson and Dave Swarbrick

# Title Original version on Length
1. "She Twists the Knife Again" Across a Crowded Room (1985) 2:48
2. "The Ghost of You Walks" You? Me? Us? (1996) 4:41
3. "Genesis Hall" Unhalfbricking (1969) 3:30
4. "Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair" Pour Down Like Silver (1975) 2:29
5. "A Heart Needs a Home" Hokey Pokey (1975) 3:26
6. "Pharaoh" Amnesia (1988) 4:25
7. "Gethsemane" The Old Kit Bag (2003) 5:13
8. "Devonside" Hand of Kindness (1983) 3:05
9. "Meet on the Ledge" What We Did on Our Holidays (1969) 3:05
10. "Keep Your Distance" Rumor and Sigh (1991) 3:35
11. "Bathsheba Smiles" Mock Tudor (1999) 3:33
12. "Crazy Man Michael" Liege & Lief (1969) 4:23
13. "Guns Are the Tongues" Sweet Warrior (2007) 6:05
14. "Why Must I Plead?" Rumor and Sigh (1991) 4:06

Personnel[edit]

Richard Thompson - guitars and vocals

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Acoustic Classics II - Richard Thompson". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Richard Thompson Acoustic Classics II". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Honigmann, David (11 August 2017). "Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics Vol. II — 'better than the first'". Financial Times. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kimpton, Glenn (1 August 2017). "RICHARD THOMPSON: ACOUSTIC CLASSICS II". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Rogers, Jude (10 August 2017). "Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics II review – fiery, beautiful gems of song". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b Gill, Andy (10 August 2017). "Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics II". The Independent. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ Staunton, Terry (September 2017). "RICHARD THOMPSON - ACOUSTIC CLASSICS VOL TWO". Record Collector. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  8. ^ Taylor, Spencer (9 September 2017). "CD review: Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics II". The Press. Retrieved 19 Mar 2018.
  9. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (11 August 2017). "Pop review: Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics Vol II". The Times. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  10. ^ a b Thomson, Graeme. "New Albums". Uncut (September 2017): 38.
  11. ^ "Richard Thompson | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 20 March 2018.