Linda Thompson | Music | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST


Linda Thompson
Versatile Heart
(Rounder)
Long divorced from Richard, Linda Thompson is a most worthy counterpart to him musically, even if she is not nearly as prolific. This is her first album in five years, her third in 25. On “Beauty,” by Rufus Wainwright, Antony of the Johnsons contributes angelic, mournful harmonies. Versatile Heart may not be packed with as many spine-chillers and tear-coaxers as 2002’s Fashionably Late, but it’s not without a uniquely English folk magic. “Blue and Gold” uses accordion and pump organ to embellish a mother’s advice to daughter about marrying for love or land. Thompson’s weathered, tender voice stands as the most bracing instrument of all.
Doug Taylor

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