Album Review: Marty Thompson — My Kind of Woman
I expressed some mild reservations about Thompson’s previous album, 2018’s Romantic Stories. On the plus side, it was a varied collection. Working against it was a slightly ragged, unfinished production aesthetic. I would never presume to have influenced an artist, but I’m happy to report that My Kind of Woman is a far more professionally-put-together set of songs. Right out of the gate, Thompson’s “Love is a Waking Dream” has an infectious groove, a solid hood, catchy lyrics and solid production values. And it sets the pace for this album (or EP if you like; it features seven songs, all but one of which are pop-song length). “Paint What You Think” offers some good creative advice, though it’s a bit insistent about it. The title track slows things down, and feels a bit out of place after the first two high-energy cuts, but it’s done well. “Lush” almost leans into blues territory, with some odd spoken-word bits confusing things a bit. The idiosyncratic “Patience” feels more of a piece with the earlier tracks. “To the Pebbled Shore” is – I think – intentionally muddy/muddled, but the vibe works with the lyrics. The epic-length “Mczebra” takes Thompson’s generally tidy musical ideas and extends them into a large-scale work. Largely instrumental, it holds interest for all of its seven-plus minutes. Overall, My Kind of Woman represents a decisive step forward for Marty Thompson.
About the Author
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.