CD: Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics II Another unplugged journey around the old master's ba

From The Arts Desk Alternative versions of familiar songs, it seems, have never been more popular. The better the composition, the more they reveal new depths. That was how fans and critics saw Richard Thompson's first volume of Acoustic Classics - a kind of unplugged retrospective of his unique song-craft. It was so well-received that Thompson has now produced a sequel, Acoustic Classics II, which casts an even wider net to include the Fairport Convention era. The album begins with "She Twists the Knife Again" from 1985, one of Thompson's most bitterly eloquent numbers. This new arrangement possesses an intriguing nervy quality. But it's also the only track on the album where the words are

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