Richard Thompson, ‘Dream Attic’ (Shout! Factory)
Recording new material live in a series of concerts with his longtime road band is the best idea Thompson’s had since he ditched soul-muting ’90s producer Mitchell Froom. Boasting a guitar tone as recognizable as Dylan’s voice, the 61-year-old legend now fuels his six-string histrionics with a dying-light rage (“Crimescene”). His songs are best when they stick to traditional topics — the anti-banker satire “The Money Shuffle” could use less sax and politics, but the frantic murder ballad “Sidney Wells” scorches like an arsonist.