Friday, February 06, 2009
what? no lily allen?
1,000 Years Of Popular Music, starring Richard Thompson @ the Barbican, 3rd February
It's not as if Thompson hasn't recorded over twenty albums of his own songs. We heard none of them tonight though. We got madrigals. We got music hall. Abba. Early Beatles. Gilbert & Sullivan. Cole Porter. Purcell opera. A song composed (maybe) by Richard the Lionheart. Some doo-wop. Some Hank Williams. Some thirteenth-century folk with hurdy-gurdy accompaniment. Nelly Furtado's "Maneater". Songs in Renaissance French and Italian. And "Everyone's Got To Learn Sometime" by the Korgis. In other words, something for all the family...
The Guardian and Independent are both generally effusive and rightly so.