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Linda Thompson

  • One Clear Moment [Warner Bros., 1985] B
  • Fashionably Late [Rounder, 2002] **
  • Versatile Heart [Rounder, 2007] ***

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One Clear Moment [Warner Bros., 1985]
Nothing like a busted marriage to bring out the latent feminism in a woman, and this one has a mouth on her--"Hell, High Water and Heartache" makes me wonder whether she got cheated out of some publishing on "Hard Luck Stories." So lyrics, while not always brilliant, aren't the problem. Problem's musical conception, which between producer Hugh Murphy and collaborator Betsy Cook turns this into the best Carly Simon record I've heard in a while. B

Fashionably Late [Rounder, 2002]
relocating her folk roots with a male musical-domestic collaborator--her son Teddy ("Weary Life," "Dear Mary") **

Versatile Heart [Rounder, 2007]
Wiser than her ex, nicer, subtler--but, admittedly, less dynamic ("Beauty," "Give Me a Sad Song"). ***

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