Album Remarks & Appraisals:
No matter how you classify it, Thompson's third release on Verve Forecast is a gem! Produced by Marius de Vries (Bjork, Madonna, Rufus Wainwright) Piece is a sonically brilliant recording of upbeat songs filled with Teddy's impassioned vocals and clever but heartfelt lyrics. Per Teddy Thompson "I think this album is my pop record but I'm not really sure because I'm not sure what that word means anymore."
Q (Magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] proper pop record, with songs built not just from beats and chord changes but soaring melodies..."
Personnel: Teddy Thompson (vocals, guitar); Tony Scherr, Jack Petruzzelli (guitar); Marius de Vries (piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer, vibraphone); Matt Johnson (drums); Kamila Thompson, Jenni Muldaur, Jennifer Turner (background vocals).
When he first came on the scene, Teddy Thompson had a lot to prove as the son of British folk-rock godheads Richard and Linda Thompson. By the time of his fourth album, A PIECE OF WHAT YOU NEED, such things were no longer a concern, and the public could absorb his smooth, measured singing and affable mix of pop, rock, and folk on their own merits. There's a bit more upbeat, hook-filled rock here, from the insistent beat and pumping horns of "One of These Days" to an energetic version of the Everly Brothers' "The Price of Love," but there are nevertheless plenty of soft, acoustic, folk-flavored tracks, allowing for just the right dynamic balance.