In 2011, folk-rock statesman and emotional conduit Richard Thompson was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He turned 64 earlier this year. But don't let the honors or the age lead you to believe that Thompson is somehow over the hill or has grown out of rock 'n' roll. Rather, his new Buddy Miller-produced album, Electric, finds him leading the power trio of drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk with the urgency, aim and exuberance of someone one-third his age. His words alone speak to his maturity, full of adages about tough breaks and the grit to get beyond them, but his playing and singing show no signs of senescence. Electric is a dependable record, but this material is meant for the stage. Thompson steps out in front of the orotund bass tone and the steadfast drums and leads with his six strings, electrified salvation delivered in confident and cool knots and licks.
—Grayson Haver Currin