Tuesday, 31 January 2017

RJ THOMPSON – SINGLE REVIEW

RJ Thompson – The Times They Are A-Changin’ 
RJ Thompson - The Times They Are A-Changin'


Release Date: Out Now

It takes a brave man (or woman) to tackle the classics and there are two approaches – a straight up cover in the style of the original or a complete reworking with very little attention paid to the original. Geordie boy RJ Thompson (I’m going to guess at Rupert Julian) has taken on the Dylan protest classic ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ and opted for the first option of a fairly respectful cover. Sure, Thompson’s voice is smooth and accomplished so lacks some of Bobby’s crackle and edge but this never quite falls in to the X-Factor realm of not really feeling the lyrics. The use of piano instead of guitar works well and you could imagine an arrangement like this being used as some sort of Live Aid style protest charity single to raise enough money to build a wall around Trump, May and their right-wing capitalist cronies….and put a lid on. Still, there’s never been a greater need to sing protest songs and if RJ Thompson can bring this one to the attention of a new audience then that’s alright by me.



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