A Wonder Working Stone by Alasdair Roberts & Friends

Alasdair Roberts carved out his name initially as a kind of Scottish take on Will Oldham but has since carved his own folky furrow. A Wonder Working Stone continues to showcase his knack of creating new music that is steeped in the ancient traditions of Scottish and English folk music. He is joined here by several friends from the Glasgow music scene, colouring in his stark and downbeat fables.  

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A Wonder Working Stone by Alasdair Roberts & Friends
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8/10 ReviewBot3000 16 January 2013

Prolific Scots folkie Alasdair Roberts is back again with a troupe of buddies accompanying him as he romps through another series of his updates to traditional Scottish music. The accompaniment (and even occasional use of electric instruments) does give it a bit of a lift and in comparison to his solo outings it seems positively upbeat, although the lyrical content is often still most dour.

In the lyrics booklet there’s a little spiel by each song explaining the finer details of their traditional origins or inspirations, which I think is a really nice touch as someone who has probably heard more Alasdair Roberts records than actual traditional Scottish folk. I feel that in places the arrangements on this album actually seem to owe as much to Americana as to traditional Scottish music (only in places, mind) and it’s a very easy record to listen to, clearly the product of much care and attention.



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