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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the British singer-songwriter was self-produced.
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  1. Sep 17, 2018
    90
    That Richard Thompson has conjured these fascinatingly enigmatic yet clearly deeply personal words and melodies to match such refined, uncompromising music is a testament to his indisputable power as his generation's sturdiest warhorse.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 4, 2018
    90
    13 Rivers is a sparse, raging and noisy record. [Oct 2018, p.37]
  3. 80
    The album is a tight yet tensile affair, that shows the old dog still knows how to learn a few tricks with scholarly shrewdness.
  4. Mojo
    Sep 4, 2018
    80
    Driven along by a renewed sense of urgency and purpose, this may be Richard Thompson's most creative album in decades. [Oct 2018, p.92]
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 18, 2018
    80
    The nearest to a rock record Thompson has ever made. ... A very good album. [Oct 2018, p.83]
  6. 70
    Overall, this is another quality entry into Thompson’s bulging yet impressive discography. It’s one that lets us explore the darkest recesses of his diary while composing tense, emotionally spellbinding music reflecting those feelings. At the same time he displays a talent for snaking, occasionally wordy songwriting and gripping lead guitar, both instantly identifiable as his.
  7. Q Magazine
    Sep 4, 2018
    60
    For all of its typical craftsmanship you can't help but wish it had more moments like the stark despair of My Rock, My Rope. [Oct 2018, p.119]

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