Sweet Warrior

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Sweet Warrior
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Studio album by Richard Thompson
Released 28 May 2007 (UK)
Recorded October and December 2006
Studio House of Blues Studio, Encino, California
Genre Folk rock, contemporary folk
Length 68:03
Label Proper (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'
(2006)RT- The Life and Music of Richard Thompson
Sweet Warrior
Live Warrior
(2009)Live Warrior2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
BBC Collective(favourable)[2]
The Guardian5/5 stars[3]
Independent4/5 stars[4]
Music Box4/5 stars[5]
Uncut4/5 stars[6]
AMG4/5 stars[7]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]
The A.V. Club(B)[9]

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 [10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13]

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
  1. ^ "Sweet Warrior by Richard Thompson". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Padley, Gemma. "BBC - Music - Review of Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Denselow, Robin (25 May 2007). "Richard Thompson, Sweet Warrior". Retrieved 3 October 2016 – via The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "Independent review". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Heselgrave, Douglas. "Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior (Album Review)". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Uncut review
  7. ^ AMG review
  8. ^ "Music Reviews, Features, Essays, News, Columns, Blogs, MP3s and Videos - PopMatters". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  9. ^ The A.V. Club review
  10. ^ "Richard Thompson, Sweet Warrior". PopMatters. 2007-05-28. 
  11. ^ Press release, March 14, 2007.
  12. ^ Denselow, Robin (2007-05-25). "Richard Thompson, Sweet Warrior". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  13. ^ "Richard Thompson, Sweet Warrior". BBC Folk & Country Reviews. 2007-05-28. 

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