Separate Ways

Separate Ways

by Teddy Thompson



Second-generation performers who get their musical genes from one parent have a hard enough time being considered on their own merits, so imagine the hurdles faced by this singer-songwriter -- the progeny of two folk-rock legends, Richard and Linda Thompson. He acquits himself very well on this outing, a quantum leap from his solo debut, which arrived six years prior. The younger Thompson taps into the same traditions as do his parents, but he branches out in other directions as well, applying icy synthesizers to some tracks and burnished alt-country arrangements to others. He shines brightest in the latter realm, recalling the more earnest elements of Wilco on the imposing "No Way to Be" and taking an upbeat, almost roadhouse-styled approach on the wickedly woozy "I Should Get Up." Both elder Thompsons drop in for cameo appearances here: Linda provides beautiful harmonies on a cover of the Everly Brothers' "Message to Mary" (a hidden track tucked in at disc's end), and Richard adds guitar licks throughout. There are a number of impressive guest shots -- from banjo great Tony Trischka, who pitches in on "Everybody Move," to Garth Hudson of the Band, who adds a layer of richness to "Altered State" -- but it's definitely Teddy's show. His poignant voice -- a soaring instrument reminiscent of frequent collaborator Rufus Wainwright's -- proves an ideal vehicle for lyrics that are alternately yearning and dissolute, but always cut right to the quick.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Verve Forecast
UPC: 0075021039919
catalogNumber: 000413202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Thompson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Richard Thompson   Guitar
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Richard Gates   Bass
Garth Hudson   Organ,Synthesizer
Julia Kent   Cello
Dave Mattacks   Percussion,Drums
Brian Mitchell   Organ,Keyboards
Jenni Muldaur   Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Tony Scherr   Guitar
Greg Wells   Piano
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Martha Wainwright   Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Background Vocals
Cameron Greider   Guitar
Brad Albetta   Bass,Keyboards,chamberlain
Jason Crigler   Guitar,Percussion

Technical Credits

Steve Deutsch   Engineer
Tom Dube   Engineer
Edward Haber   Producer
Brian Mitchell   Engineer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Greg Wells   Producer,Engineer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Brad Albetta   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Teddy Thompson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Tina Tyrell   Cover Photo

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