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Richard And Linda Thompson: Sunnyvista (Chrysalis)

Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, 22 September 1979

THIS THOMPSONS package tour is a fine irony. Its visuals signal a break from the couple's traditional melancholy, replacing it with a sarcastic, partially threatening, jollity; its subject matter is a trip around urban alienation – a radical departure for the Thompsons, if not for rock in general. And rock is the musical context in which you judge the Thompsons' output these days.

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