June 19, 2008

Teddy Thompson's Peculiar Delight

“I’m feeling pretty blank,” singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson admits on the title track of his fourth and latest album, A Piece Of What You Need, and if considered solely on his vocal performance, you’d likely come to the same conclusion. Yet his wry, solemn voice and witty lyrics create an intriguing paradox when set against some lively, often-jubilant music.

Standout tracks include “One of These Days,” “In My Arms,” and “Can’t Sing Straight,” which hop, skip, and jump with quirky enthusiasm (and handclaps! and horns!). Thompson’s style here evokes those of Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak, wherein rather pointed sentiments contradict such animated expressions, but that’s what makes this album a peculiar delight.