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Versatile Heart

  • 1. Stay Bright
    2. Versatile Heart
    3. Way I Love You, The
    4. Beauty
    5. Katy Cruel
    6. Nice Cars
    7. Do Your Best For Rock 'N Roll
    8. Day After Tomorrow
    9. Blue and Gold
    10. Give Me a Sad Song
    11. Go Home
    12. Whisky, Bob Copper and Me
    13. Stay Bright
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Rounder-1166

  • Credits
    ProducerEdward Haber

    Only Linda Thompson's third solo album in 25 years since splitting with her former husband and musical partner Richard Thompson, VERSATILE HEART picks up almost exactly where 2002's FASHIONABLY LATE left off. Like its predecessor, VERSATILE HEART showcases the talents of Richard and Linda's son, singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson, who co-wrote and co-produced several songs, including the simple folky instrumental, "Stay Bright," that both opens and closes the album. Other guests include daughter Kamila Thompson (who contributes the slinky "Nice Cars"), Antony of Antony and the Johnsons (Thompson's duet partner on a magical rendition of Rufus Wainwright's "Beauty"), and violinist Eliza Carthy. Highlights include a moving cover of Tom Waits's "The Day After Tomorrow," the sly rockabilly tune "Do Your Best For Rock and Roll," and a lovely take on the traditional ballad "Katy Cruel."

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.90) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Here she's finally acrid again....She was always a slow-one specialist, and it's a relief to hear she's not longer quite so calm about it."
    Spin (p.138) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]er voice has never sounded better than on the sprightly title track and the instantly classic weeper 'Beauty'..."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "Thompson's clarion voice graces songs from a variety of genres..." -- Grade: A-
    Q (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Linda Thompson' s voice sounds as strong as ever..."
    Dirty Linen (p.54) - "Her voice is still haunting, her taste in material remains impeccable, and her ability to convey poignant slices of life is as strong as ever."
    No Depression (p.94) - "Her songs are well-crafted, but they're also revealing and unvarnished...."
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