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13 Rivers

Richard Thompson

13 Rivers

Seventeenth solo album from the veteran folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist is self-produced and recorded on analogue equipment

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    13 Rivers is a sparse, raging and noisy record. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    That Richard Thompson has conjured these fascinatingly enigmatic yet clearly deeply personal words and melodies to match such refined, uncompromising music is a testament to his indisputable power as his generation's sturdiest warhorse
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    While some artists half his age trade on past glories, clutching at straws, he demonstrates here – yet again – that his voice strong, his guitar playing is phenomenal and his songwriting is blessed with genius
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Driven along by a renewed sense of urgency and purpose, this may be Richard Thompson's most creative album in decades. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Not many artists continue to create bold, compelling work that doesn't sound like it's treading creative water after a half-century, but 50 years on from Fairport Convention's debut LP, 13 Rivers is striking music from a musician who remains fresh, contemporary, and peerless
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    A raw, unfiltered affair from a veteran artist who shows no signs of slowing down
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  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's bare, direct, full of brilliant wordplay, wit and imagery, and dark thoughts
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The most mystifying song here, The Bones of Gilead, is also among the best. Fascinating as ever
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  9. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    After fifty years and nearly twenty solo albums, the low-key guitar god finds new ways to renew old sentiments as a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist on what may be his best album this century
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  10. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    This is another quality entry into Thompson’s bulging yet impressive discography
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  11. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    13 Rivers may be the most hazardous crossing Thompson’s ever had to make, but it’s also one of the most telling
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Richard Thompson writes songs that speak of life’s darker corners
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    For all of its typical craftsmanship you can't help but wish it had more moments like the stark despair of My Rock, My Rope. Print edition only

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