So it's a war record, all right -- but not just on the military front. Domestic battles, always a Thompson specialty, loom large. The melodic rocker "Mr. Stupid" seethes with the sarcasm of a nettled divorcée, and "Johnny's Far Away" delivers a wicked portrait of mutual marital infidelity.
But let's not forget that axe: Thompson's stylistic diversity and large body of work easily outshines those of more celebrated guitar gods like Clapton and Beck. And here, the British folk-rock pioneer infuses these mostly rock-leaning songs with touches of folk, rockabilly, country, chamber music, and even ska. Whether we're talking about his work with Fairport Convention in the '60s or with ex-wife Linda throughout the '70s, Sweet Warrior is on par with Thompson's best.