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Richard Dawson


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

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  1. 9.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Its significance, its profundity, its sheer exhilarating force will stay with you for far longer than just about anything else you’re likely to hear this year
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘Peasant’ is a potent and mournfully beautiful meditation on humankind’s inability to fix itself
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  3. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    These songs pull deeply from the murky cauldron of history, illustrating a sickness at the heart of our species that manifests in any number of shapes while always maintaining its same basic essence
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  4. 9.0 |   The 405

    It is a restorative, headstrong burst of inspiration from an artist with the courage to execute his vision without compromise. If ever an album deserved to rise above the fray, it is this one
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  5. 8.8 |   Gig Soup

    'Peasant' is a dark, complex and deeply rewarding record that sees Richard Dawson weave a collection of intricate, well-told vignettes
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  6. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Joanna Newsom’s Ys. Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois. Phil Elverum’s The Glow Pt. 2… and, sure enough, Peasant
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A record that deserves to be cherished in this or any age
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Peasant contains his most accessible music to date
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Texturally, Peasant is Dawson’s most lush work to date, if lush is indeed the right word – more a prickly thicket of brambles than a bed of moistened leaves, with creakily bowed strings, spiky rushes of acoustic guitar and occasional splurges of noise
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A concept album set in medieval north Britain shouldn’t work. But Dawson’s way with lyrics and melodies makes it unique and often breathtaking
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    Free-ranging neo-folk mini-dramas drawing parallels between imagined past and haunted present. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Peasant resembles a masterpiece, but this softening of the sonic edges ultimately dulls its grand impact. Print edition only

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