Mock Tudor (album)

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Mock Tudor
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Studio album by Richard Thompson
Released September 1999
Recorded November 1998
Studio The Sound Factory, Los Angeles; RAK Studios, London
Genre Folk rock, electric folk
Length 54:56
Label Capitol
Producer Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf
Richard Thompson chronology
Celtschmerz
(1998)Celtschmerz1998
Mock Tudor
(1999)
Action Packed
(2001)Action Packed2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Green Man (not rated)[1]
The Graham Weekly (not rated)[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [3]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

Mock Tudor is the ninth studio album by Richard Thompson. Released in 1999, it was his final album released by Capitol Records.

For this, his fifth album for Capitol, Thompson teamed up with producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, and Mock Tudor had a more straightforward production than his preceding albums on Capitol which had been produced by Mitchell Froom. In this album Thompson draws predominantly on the musical styles of 1960s England—the time and place of his youth. The lyrics have a nostalgic tinge and are rich with allusion to fairy tales and children's books as well as to Shakespeare and T. S. Eliot.

Thematically, Mock Tudor is split into three sections: Metroland—comprising the first five songs, "Cooksferry Queen" to "Hard on Me", Heroes In The Suburbs—covering "Crawl Back (Under My Stone)" through "Walking the Long Miles Home", and concluding with Street Cries And Stage Whispers—encompassing the last three songs (on the original release).

Widely regarded by critics and Thompson fans as one of his best works, Mock Tudor did not enjoy much popularity among the public, despite positive critical acclaim. This was the last album that Thompson recorded for Capitol and his last to date for a major record label. Subsequent Thompson studio albums would be self-financed and distributed by smaller independent labels.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Thompson

  1. "Cooksferry Queen" – 4:14
  2. "Sibella" – 4:15
  3. "Bathsheba Smiles" – 3:54
  4. "Two-Faced Love" – 4:03
  5. "Hard On Me" – 5:55
  6. "Crawl Back (Under My Stone)" – 3:59
  7. "Uninhabited Man" – 4:52
  8. "Dry My Tears And Move On" – 3:48
  9. "Walking The Long Miles Home" – 4:10
  10. "Sights And Sounds Of London Town" – 4:54
  11. "That's All, Amen, Close The Door" – 5:56
  12. "Hope You Like The New Me" – 5:00

Mock Tudor was released on Bong Load Records as a double vinyl LP and with two extra songs

  • "Fully Qualified To Be Your Man"
  • "Mr. Rebound"

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Green Man Review
  2. ^ The Graham Weekly Album Review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Mock Tudor at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2011.