Something Else! sneak peek: Richard Thompson, “Good Things Happen To Bad People” (2013)

“Good Things Happen to Bad People,” the guitar-stoked advance song from Richard Thompson’s forthcoming long-player Electric, finds him bellowing with a bracing vigor. There’s a knife’s edge to both his singing and his playing.

Seems Thompson’s tangled up with a runaround girl, and even as he recognizes his own predicament (the title of the song says it all), there’s a sense that he’s not going to sit with this for much longer: “I know you’ve been bad,” Thompson sings ruefully, “from the way you smile.”

Thompson then tears into an angular, hell-raising solo — one part stunned disbelief and two parts boiling pissed-offed-ness … and every part of it utterly cathartic.

Electric is due February 11, 2013 via Proper Records. A UK tour then gets going on February 20, with a trip into America to follow in March of 2013.

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Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.
  • Mark Saleski

    i swear, there is NOTHING like a Richard Thompson guitar solo.

    • Karen Curtis

      I agree- it’s better than morphine- pure in the moment bliss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MRodifer

    Mark, if you want to be further blown away, try and find a copy of a live version of Tear-Stained Letter, which just rises and rises….it appeared on a long-lost cassette called “Gloom and Doom from the Tomb”.

    But NOBODY plays like this guy.