September 10, 2011

No Earthly Man - Alasdair Roberts [2005]

Ancient murder balladry par excellence. Spectral hum of opener sets dark, disturbing tone: you'll travel long dusky roads to find a more imposing version of Lord Ronald, Carthy's Lord Randall included. Traditional songs all, complete with Child, Laws and Roud indices. Will Oldham sits in on three tracks, not so's you'd notice.

A towering, unpretentious talent, unfurling undeniable instinctive grace.

Oddi wrth y brawd


Greg Williamson said...

Oh yes. Thank you for this.

Holly said...

Lovely. Thank you.