312 of 1001 Albums: Richard and Linda Thompson’s I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

While female and male duos seem to have came back into popularity with singers like The Civil Wars, and Of Monster and Men, there was one in the mid-70s that also was quite good, Richard and Linda Thomspon. At the time the two were married, and Richard wanted her to be apart of his second album, I Want to See The Bright Lights Tonight.  Both of them take their turns to each song, rarely mixing one or the other’s voice on the songs.

Both of them have good voices, but both are also very different as far as style. Linda seems to be more folksy, and Richard is more rock like. Linda’s voice seems more memorable. It stands out well against the backdrop of the soft songs on the album. It’s also deeper and projects itself well. Richard on the other hand seems to have a softer voice. It sounds good, but you leave the album not remembering it as well.

“I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight” and “The Little Beggar Girl” are two of the more memorable songs on the album. Linda’s voice just matches well with the songs. For Richard, his highest moment comes on “The End of the Rainbow”. Surprisingly, this album didn’t get much attention from the public, or critics at the time it was released. Perhaps, if it had been released earlier in the 70s, or late 60s it might have considering the tunes seem more fitted to the sounds of that time. The album has made up since for being ignored though in 1974.

Richard and Linda Thompson’s album is almost one that anyone could like. The sounds may put you to sleep after a while, but they both prove to have talent. With interesting stories in their lyrics they cover the talent all the way around as far as vocals, performing music, and lyrically. Since the duo has parted now it is also a rare chance to hear two people make an album before it was over.

Rating 3 of 5.


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