Album Review: Heartbreaker Please by Teddy Thompson
Very Good, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 70 Based on rating 7/10
It's a bit of a surprise to realize that it has been 20 years since a fresh-faced, confident, and talented Teddy Thompson released his self-titled debut album when he was just 24 years old. The man on 2020's Heartbreaker Please, Thompson's seventh album, doesn't sound remarkably different; his tenor voice is still clear and strong, he still isn't afraid to plead for love or look inward when it goes wrong, and his melodies are still buoyant, thoughtful contemporary folk with a rootsy accent. But Heartbreaker Please is the work of a more mature and seasoned artist, and these songs, written in the wake of a serious romantic breakup, deal with the deep ache of loneliness from a place of hard-won experience that's neither callow nor flippant.
It’s been nine years since Teddy Thompson last released a solo record, but he’s not been lazing around since 2011. He collaborated with Kelly Jones (not of the Stereophonics) in 2016, and brought the entire Thompson clan together in 2014 for the Family album. It seems he’s also been through the mill emotionally, as most of the songs on the appropriately titled Heartbreaker Please are about heartbreak.