Review: Thompson – Family (Universal Music Canada)

ThompsonTeddy Thompson is a phenomenal pop solo artist in his own right. For Family, he branches out beyond his name alone, enlisting the help of his iconic folk-music parents (Richard and Linda Thompson), his siblings as well as some extended family to, somewhat appropriately, bring his family back together under the Thompson moniker. Buoyed by Richard Thompson’s acclaimed guitar playing, Family flows effortlessly from track-to-track, even with such an atypically large number of contributors. The record starts off with the reflective title track in which Teddy extolls the talents of his family before Richard kicks in with a dose of folk rock on “One Life At A Time.” It is in these realms that the remainder of the album resides which, sentimentality aside, is a good place to be.