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Teddy Thompson – Bella

Christelle Kelley


Teddy Thompson is an artist who opts for a candid but cleverly delivered snapshot of his thoughts and experiences. He is able to paint new landscapes onto a traditional country and western canvas, fluidly appealing across several genres. His latest album ‘Bella’ is a collection of love and life related musings that individually provide soundtracks for a number of guaranteed experiences in the life of a listener.

The album boasts a selection of catchy melodies, John Mayer-esque ballads and mostly tasteful string arrangements. However, I can’t help but feel that although the album reaches out to the listener, it struggles to catch hold of them. The opening track Looking For A Girl has all the right ingredients for a quirky and upbeat portrayal of the gruelling task of finding a mate, but sadly I feel the resulting offering has the awkward effect of a bad chat up line. I fear that Lyrics such as ‘I guess it’s good lovin’ that I want the most, someone who turns my bread into buttered toast’ will ensure that most women are at least mildly nauseous before the second track.

Thankfully songs like I Feel conveniently move the conversation on and offer the listener a tasty rhythm and some nicely interlaced guitar and vocal work. This is followed very nicely by the 6/8 feel and very pleasant chord changes of Over and Over. For those listeners who want to indulge in some old school Dolly flavours then Tell Me What You Want is the duet for you – some rather fetching guitar licks at play here too. Perhaps one of the most lively numbers on the album, The One I Can’t Have is a somewhat tongue in cheek depiction of life’s irony with hints of boy band commercial value. It’s catchy and very easy on the ear and I can hear it surfing the radio waves in the near future.

Bella is an album that requires a bit of patience – it takes time to get going and there’s a few occasions where you’d be forgiven for wandering off to put the kettle on, but there are some gems to be had here which showcase the great things that Teddy Thompson can deliver.


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