Originally Posted by blipmusic
A thread about female vocalists not mentioning:
Sandy Denny (of Fairport Convention) and
Linda Thompson (new album out: Versatile Heart)
is not worth to be called a thread about female vocalists. So there.
Amen to that.
My favorite Sandy Denny: Her quietly raging demolition of "Matty Groves," from Fairport Convention's spectacular Liege and Lief.
Proof positive that a great singer can infuse a song with frightening power without resorting to Joplinesque histrionics. Aided and abetted by two of the most twisted solos ever committed to psychedelic vinyl, by Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick. A simply amazing recording. The word "mesmerizing" comes to mind.
My favorite Linda Thompson: It's a tie between two tracks from Shoot Out The Lights.
"The Wall of Death" is hard rock that sounds completely modern yet somehow medieval. Richard Thompson supplies letter-perfect harmony vox, and uncorks yet another short, brilliant guit solo. "Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?" is chillingly ironic and amusingly ironic at the same time. Yikes.
Anyone interested in hearing Ms. Thompson's new record, Versatile Heart
can stream it here.
I got this link from Pitchfork, so it is legal.