The Thompsons are the undisputed first family of British folk rock. Richard and Linda Thompson recorded a host of acclaimed albums in the 1970s and ‘80s, while son Teddy Thompson has gone onto a solid career of his own as a solo performer. For latest project “Family,” Teddy recruited his parents, younger sister Kami Thompson, half-brother Jack Thompson and nephew Zak Hobbs to form aptly named collective Thompson.
“My therapist had a field day with it,” Teddy quips. “He said, ‘Wait a minute, you’re trying to get your family back together!’ And that’s exactly right. I’m six years old again, and I’m trying to put my family back together. It was very therapeutic, making the record.”
All of the principals contributed to “Family,” with Teddy, Richard, Linda and Kami penning two new tunes each and Jack and Zak adding one apiece. It makes for an enjoyable gathering of folk tunes from a band with an impeccable pedigree.
The title track gets things off to a strong start, courtesy of Teddy, and Thompson also soar on Kami’s “Careful,” “Linda’s “Bonny Boys,” Jack’s “At the Feet of the Emperor,” Teddy’s “Right” and Richard’s “That’s Enough.” Says Teddy: “I don’t mean to sound cocky or anything, but I just felt like everybody’s really good, and everybody was going to write good songs.” It ain’t bragging when you can back it up. (Jeffrey Sisk)