Still (Richard Thompson album)

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Still
Richard Thompson Still album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 June 2015 (US)
29 June 2015 (UK)
RecordedThe Loft Studio, Chicago
GenreEnglish folk, folk rock
Length50:46
LabelFantasy (US)
Proper (UK)
ProducerJeff Tweedy
Richard Thompson chronology
Acoustic Classics
(2014)
Still
(2015)
Acoustic Classics II
(2017)

Still is the sixteenth solo studio album by British singer/songwriter Richard Thompson. It was released by Fantasy Records on 23 June 2015 in the US and by Proper Records on 29 June 2015 in the UK.

Background[edit]

The album Still was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and recorded at Wilco's The Loft Studio in Chicago.[1] Thompson approached Tweedy as he wished to shake up his approach to making records, stating that "Jeff is musically very sympathetic. Although some of his contributions are probably rather subtle to the listener’s ear, they were really interesting and his suggestions were always very pertinent.”[2][3] Tweedy stated that "Richard's been one of my favorite guitar players for a very long time...he's also one of my favorite songwriters and favorite singers".[4][5]

The album was released digitally, on CD, deluxe CD (including the Variations EP) and vinyl.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
The IndependentPositive[8]
Mojo4/5 stars[9]
The Observer4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork7.5/10[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
Uncut8/10[13]

On the Metacritic website, which aggregates reviews from critics and assigns a normalised rating out of 100, Still received a score of 80, based on 20 positive and 2 mixed reviews.[6] Pitchfork write that Still "feels extremely present and immediate", calling it "a solid, stark record".[11] Uncut state that Still is Thompson "striving for a modest kind of perfection" and almost achieving it.[13] The Guardian write that "Thompson is still unique" in their positive review.[7] The Observer note that "Thompson’s resourcefulness shows no sign of waning" on an album they call "characteristically stormy".[10] Rolling Stone write that Thompson has not mellowed with age with songs "still full of dangerous women and treacherous con men".[12] The Independent call Still "a brilliant, nigh-on faultless work from an acknowledged master", stating that "his songwriting, too, is as good here as it’s ever been".[8] Mojo named Still their Album of the Week, writing that "if this was a new act, people would be falling over themselves to sing its praises, but Thompson raised the bar so high so many years ago that this is simply what’s expected of him.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Richard Thompson, except "Guitar Heroes" by Thompson and containing interpolations of "Melodie au Crepuscule" by Django Reinhardt, "Caravan" by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, "Brenda Lee" by Chuck Berry, "Susie Q" by Stan Lewis, Dale Hawkins and Eleanor Broadwater and "F.B.I." by Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Jet Harris.

  1. "She Never Could Resist a Winding Road" — 4:28
  2. "Beatnik Walking" — 3:54
  3. "Patty Don’t You Put Me Down" — 4:30
  4. "Broken Doll" — 3:51
  5. "All Buttoned Up" — 4:07
  6. "Josephine" — 3:24
  7. "Long John Silver" — 4:00
  8. "Pony in the Stable" — 2:44
  9. "Where’s Your Heart" — 4:05
  10. "No Peace No End" — 4:15
  11. "Dungeons for Eyes" — 3:49
  12. "Guitar Heroes" — 7:39
Variations EP (included with the deluxe edition CD)
  1. "Fork in the Road" — 4:26
  2. "Wounding Myself" — 3:58
  3. "The May Queen" — 5:15
  4. "Don't Take it Laying Down" — 6:53
  5. "Fergus Laing" — 4:36

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 86
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[15] 20
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 91
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 10
US Billboard 200[18] 82

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilcox, Tyler (28 April 2015). "Richard Thompson :: Beatnik Walking". Aquarium Drunkard. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b Gallacher, Alex (28 April 2015). "Richard Thompson announces new album 'Still'". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  3. ^ Chen, Jonathan (28 April 2015). "Richard Thompson Announces New Album Still, Produced By Jeff Tweedy, And Share Single "Beatnik Walking"". Paste. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  4. ^ Goble, Corban (28 April 2015). "Richard Thompson Announces New Album Still, Produced by Jeff Tweedy". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  5. ^ Bonner, Michael (28 April 2015). "Richard Thompson announces new Jeff Tweedy-produced album + tour dates". Uncut. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Still - Richard Thompson". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b Denselow, Robin (25 June 2015). "Richard Thompson: Still review – impressive Jeff Tweedy-produced album". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  8. ^ a b Gill, Andy (26 June 2015). "Richard Thompson, Still, album review: Nigh-on faultless work from an acknowledged master". The Independent. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (24 June 2015). "Richard Thompson Still review". Mojo. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  10. ^ a b Spencer, Neil (28 June 2015). "Richard Thompson: Still review – characteristically stormy". The Observer. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  11. ^ a b Skolnik, Jes (24 June 2015). "Richard Thompson Still review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  12. ^ a b Browne, David (23 June 2015). "Still by Richard Thompson". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  13. ^ a b Wirth, Jim (1 July 2015). "Richard Thompson Still review". Uncut. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Richard Thompson – Still" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Richard Thompson – Still" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Richard Thompson | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Richard Thompson Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 July 2015.