Spoils by Alasdair Roberts

Before Alasdair Roberts was...well Alasdair Roberts, he was in a great little band called Appendix Out. On his fifth solo album Spoils he reunited with members of that band and was joined by other Glasgow luminaries such as Alex Neilson on what Pitchfork called 'the album of his career'. Once again the Scottish songwriter pens new songs that sound and smell like ancient traditional folk songs only here they are given a fuller flavour with all kinds of instrumentation added. 

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Spoils by Alasdair Roberts
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8/10 Phil 30 April 2009
The lord of all things Celtic and folk is back armed with a new album of tales of old. Yup Alasdair Roberts has a brand new long player out on Drag City this week called 'Spoils'. I do like a bit of Ally Roberts though he's one of these people I'd always be happy with just one album by. Having said that this album has a slightly fuller sound as he has loads of folks helping out on there including past members of Appendix Out, Alex Nielson and a bunch of other folks I've not heard of, don't know and will probably never know unless I step foot outside of my ivory tower which isnt gonna happen. It's scary outside. Dark as well..... As ever the word here is traditional... This is proper trad folk music sung from the heart about old things. The fuller sound is appreciated actually and it reminds me more of an Appendix Out release than some of his more stipped down solo stuff. A couple of the lads here think his voice is similiar to that of Bonnie Prince Billy.... Not sure I can hear it myself but I guess they're both of a similar ilk. It treads a weird path of it sounding all innocent and gentle folky like whilst having some wierd dark lyrics and a general feeling of sinisterness. Anyway it's a strong album with good songs (he's a top songwriter) so it gets the official Norm seal of approval.


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