Having Richard and Linda Thompson as parents has been a double-edged sword to Teddy. On the one hand they provided financial security and a unique musical education but the excellence in their field make them a hard act follow. Above all, finding his own voice has been particularly hard.
It makes perfect sense that he should have become good friends with Martha and Rufus Wainwright, other singers who have similarly found the need to break free of parental influences to forge their own identities.
This latest album comes twenty years after Teddy Thompson moved to the U.S. Living in New York, he found it easier to reinvent himself as an artist in his own right; "I guess I sound like who I am", he says now.
The first thing that's obvious is that 'Heartbreaker Please' is not really a folk album. A big influence on his style has been 1950s pop from artists like Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers.
The ten tunes feature elegant arrangements with subtle and effective use of brass and strings. Thompson's smoldering vocals add the soulful edge.
These are snappy but sad songs set to an uplifting soul beat. At five minutes, No Idea is the only track that exceeds four minutes.
The world is such a cold place that warm music like this is more than welcome.
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