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Review – Ship To Shore A Steady Ride

Review – Ship To Shore A Steady Ride

The one thing you can depend on is a Richard Thompson album. Since his debut album “Henry The Human Fly” you get deep and dark lyrics accompanied by some amazing guitar work. “Ship To Shore” doesn’t vary far from that formula and in all honesty that is a good thing.

This album at times is bleak in it’s lyrics like the opener “Freeze” with it’s lyrics “another day without a dream, without a hope, without a scheme , another day that finds you crawling on your knees.” Even the track titles carry the theme with names like “What’s Left To Lose”, “The Fear Never Leaves You”, or “The Day That I Give In” but the music is what carries the album.

Get past the titles and you are left with some great storytelling, that Richard Thompson voice and plenty of guitar solos that don’t overtake the song, just enhance it overall. “We Roll” is infectious, it’s the type of song that makes you want to be belly up to a bar with a pint and raise it during the chorus and “Turnstyle Cassanova” is a first class rocker. Overall there is not a dud on the album.

For an album who’s topics are sung about fear, dread, hard times and lots of heartache I don’t know how he makes the album so enjoyable to listen to but to summarize it’s a damn good album. It took over 5 years since his last release, hopefully we don’t have to wait another 5 years.

Track list:

Freeze

The Fear Never Leaves You

Singapore Sadie

Trust

The Day That I Give In

The Old Pack Mule

Turnstile Casanova

Lost In The Crowd

Maybe

Life’s A Bloody Show

What’s Left To Lose

We Roll

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