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Richard Dawson


Sixth album of narrative folk rock from the Newcastle singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Dawson adds pop-facing elements to folk on this brilliant album, full of stories of a benighted Britain
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  2. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    This album is a product of its times. It is a wrenching masterpiece
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  3. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Capping off a decade where he has announced and solidified himself as possibly the country’s finest songwriter, Richard Dawson has produced another record of incredible melodic talent, compositional nouse and gloriously empathic writing
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  4. 9.0 |   Uncut

    It's hard not to conclude that 2020 is the record we need now: a state-of-the-nation address for a nation in a bit of a state
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  5. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    It’s horrifying and gorgeous, and you’ll likely not hear a more singular or, indeed, better record this year
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  6. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Where Peasant sounded like 6th century Britain, this album too conjures the sounds you can imagine blaring in the backgrounds of the kitchens, offices and pubs that make up the topography of Dawson’s Britain
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  7. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    An album of uncompromising vulnerability and rawness
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  8. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A genuinely special record
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  9. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Socially aware, beautifully played, dazzlingly well-crafted, and, most importantly, exceptionally moving, this is a glimpse of the future that's happening right now —and we're so lucky to have Dawson here to give his anxious, ambitious account
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  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Richard Dawson's 2020 is a coruscating state-of-the-nation piece as Britain faces up to its muddled identity at the end of a tumultuous decade
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  11. 8.0 |   The 405

    Stripping the fantastical façade of his previous album entirely, Richard Dawson relates detailed stories from the front line of the modern malaise. 2020 is a crunchy and unpredictable rock album bursting with heart
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  12. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Dawson is a fiercely working-class songwriter
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  13. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Newcastle singer-songwriter has a keen eye for the texture of modern life in this folk album with a post-punk feel
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  14. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    On his dense but meticulously rendered new album, the British folk singer uses grander pop arrangements to wade into the barbarism of modern life
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  15. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Pieces together a fragmented snapshot of quotidian life in Middle England via a series of discontinuous vignettes
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    If it isn't always fun, the honesty and passion in this music deliver more than enough reward for your time
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  17. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Recorded at Blank Studio in Newcastle with Sam Grant of Pigs, Pigs, pigs, the sound is documentary-sharp. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   Q

    Dawson's vision is exceptional; his sound harder to follow. Print edition only

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