actually got the album yet, due to an absence of money, but as soon as possible I will have the set. I gather from the review attached to the amazon listing that some of it is less than well recorded.
I would suggest you listen to Strict Tempo, an all instrumentals album, some electric some acoustic, including a superb version of Duke Ellington's Rockin in Rhythm. Or Dimming of the Day/Dargai from Pour Down Like Silver a Richard and Linda Thompson album, or Richards solo acoustic version of the Choice Wife as it leads into Died for Love from R&L's First Light. You should be able to listen to some of these on the Amazon site and get a better sense of his worth. Or try Al Bowlly's in Heaven from Daring Adventures. Valerie, on that same album has a chorus in 2 different time signatures, 8/8 followed by 10/8 if memory serves.
I find his voice fine, both on record and in person, but you may not, but nobody can fault his guitar playing, it's just flat out brilliant. I'm looking forward to hearing his Who medley.
Dargai is a solo acoustic guitar version of piobhreachald (pibroch), the classical music of the bagpipe which is done without a tempo which can be very disorienting initially. It was composed to commemorate a battle in either South Africa during ?the Boer war?, or one of the British incursions into Afghanistan in the 19th Century, I forget which.
You will find lots of other Richard Thompson addicts out there besides me, mostly guitar players who'd like to be able to come close to what he does.