Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista

Sunnyvista is one of the most commercial sounding albums of Richard Thompson's career; it is also one of the few that is currently out-of-print. The bright, shiny surfaces of Sunnyvista are belied by Thompson's usual downcast lyrics, and the obvious irony of the cover art. Sunnyvista is a good album with some good songs, but it is hard to escape the feeling that there is something not-quite right about it--the whole project feels much like the mortician's art of painting smiles on a dead man. After this album's commercial failure Thompson would never again release an album with such obviously commercial production, presumably having realized his audience consisted mainly of those who prefer their doom and gloom straight up with no chaser.

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