“Sean Lennon, you know what I mean,” sings Teddy Thompson of the trials of hailing from famous musical stock. That hasn’t stopped him enlisting parents Richard and Linda – rarely heard on the same record since divorcing in 1982 – for this album, along with other assorted Thompsons, who take it in turns to supply songs. The fingers of folk devotees may hover over the skip button, but it’s an enjoyable, ramshackle collection. Siblings Kami and Jack deliver poppy MOR and brooding blues respectively, though inevitably it’s the contributions of the parents who attract most interest – Linda’s Perhaps We Can Sleep is especially lovely.
Thompson: Family review – Richard and Linda Thompson (almost) reunited on son’s album
Ally Carnwath writes on Africa and music for the Guardian and Observer