“It may be that the art of the guitar solo is lost. And maybe that’s just fine—it was used too often by too many,” All Songs Considered‘s Bob Boilen said during a recent online broadcast, while discussing the track “If Love Whispers Your Name” off Richard Thompson‘s new album, Dream Attic. “But on this song, around four minutes in, you’ll hear all the reasons why anyone would ever want to hear a guitar solo.” And he’s right—when that particular solo kicks in at the four-minute mark, it offers pretty much everything you could ask for. But the funny thing is, the 40-second guitar part that leads into the solo is, in itself, better than most solos you’ll find out there. Then again, that’s kind of par for the course when you’re dealing with a British rock legend like Thompson, isn’t it? Richard Thompson performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ; tickets to the show are $29-$45.
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