Teddy Thompson – Heartbreaker Please

Album Review | Thirty Tigers | Review by Allan Wilkinson

It’s always a remarkable thing I find, when you can spend almost half your life in a newly adopted home and still hang on to your roots.  Teddy Thompson may have made his home in New York City, where he’s been living since his early twenties, yet now well into his forties, the British singer songwriter and son of folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson, maintains some of that very distinct Britishness in his writing, his recording and his performance, despite adopting very American musical influences. I think this is what we love about him on this side of the pond and I dare say, this is likewise what they think about him over there.   

Heartbreaker Please is Teddy’s sixth solo album release in a twenty-year recording career and despite such stylised songs as “Record Player” and “Why Wait”, which could have been recorded by Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett respectively, Teddy’s inimitable vocal style is maintained throughout.  Existing Teddy fans will no doubt love this album, whilst newcomers will be equally impressed.  It’s soulful, well-produced and immediately accessible, despite its predominant heartbreak theme, which is illustrated perfectly in the striking sleeve design. Like Adele’s debut 19 back in 2008, Heartbreaker Please is a break-up album, but perhaps from a more mature perspective. As Teddy explains, “So I tried to make an effort here to set some of the misery to a nice beat!”

Choice Track: Record Player (NSV 502)