Sweet Warrior

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Sweet Warrior
Studio album by Richard Thompson
Released 28 May 2007 (UK)
Recorded October and December 2006 at House of Blues Studio
Genre Folk rock, contemporary folk
Length 68:03
Label Proper Records (UK, Europe)
The Planet Company (Australia)
Shout! Factory (North America)
P-Vine (Japan)
Producer Richard Thompson, Simon Tassano
Richard Thompson chronology
RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson
Sweet Warrior
Live Warrior
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Collective (favourable)[1]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[2]
Independent 4/5 stars[3]
Music Box 4/5 stars[4]
Uncut 4/5 stars[5]
AMG 4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[7]
The A.V. Club (B)[8]

Sweet Warrior is the twelfth studio album by Richard Thompson, released in 2007. Thompson financed the recording of this album himself and then licensed the finished album to various labels for distribution. On its release, Sweet Warrior entered Amazon.com's top 20 for music sales.


The track "Dad's Gonna Kill Me" was given an advance release via Thompson's own web site and iTunes. The song was singled out for praise by critics [9] and featured prominently in Thompson's live performances in early 2007. This song's lyrics make extensive use of U.S. military slang (the "Dad" of the title is GI slang for "Baghdad"), and convey the thoughts and feelings of an uneasy U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq.[10] It was subsequently used on the closing montage of the first episode of the third season of Sons of Anarchy.

This advance release also enjoyed airplay on several radio stations and attracted generally favourable comments from the press and advance publicity for the album.

The album received very favourable reviews.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Thompson:

  1. "Needle and Thread" - 4:43
  2. "I'll Never Give It Up " - 3:22
  3. "Take Care the Road You Choose" - 6:44
  4. "Mr. Stupid" - 3:53
  5. "Dad's Gonna Kill Me" - 5:16
  6. "Poppy-Red" - 4:37
  7. "Bad Monkey" - 5:13
  8. "Francesca" - 5:17
  9. "Too Late to Come Fishing" - 4:36
  10. "Sneaky Boy" - 2:59
  11. "She Sang Angels to Rest" - 3:25
  12. "Johnny's Far Away" - 4:53
  13. "Guns Are the Tongues" - 7:27
  14. "Sunset Song" - 5:38

Bonus tracks on the P-Vine Records release for the Japanese market:

  • "Any Old Body"
  • "Dust and Wine"


  • Doug Tyo - engineer (at House of Blues Studio, Encino, California)
  • Chris Kasych - assistant engineer
  • Simon Tassano - mixing (at Rumiville Studio, Austin, Texas)
  • Jim Wilson - mastering (at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, Colorado)


Sources consulted

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