Iconic British folk rock luminary Richard Thompson infuses vigor into his latest song collection, the live album Dream Attic, which features 13 new tracks recorded in front of a San Francisco audience earlier this year. The unusual approach – few artists would use a concert to present an all-original setlist – adds ignition and combustion to tunes that drip with dread possibility (the noir-flavored “Crimescene”), flicker with femme fatale risk (Celtic rocker “Demons in Her Dancing Shoes”) and murmur with mortality (softly numbed ballad “A Brother Slips Away”).

Thompson and his band are sure footed from beginning to end: Thompson’s guitar goes pyrotechnic on upbeat cuts like “Haul Me Up,” Joel Zifkin’s electric violin nearly sobs during “Stumble On” and the whole group gets spry throughout self-deprecating “Bad Again.” Dream Attic is completely satisfying as an affirmation of Thompson’s impressive stagecraft and as verification of his superb songwriting.