Deep-rooted Scottish folksman Alasdair Roberts presents a new mixture of traditional and original songs, as nuanced as ever. Unlike his previous album, Pangs is a full-band electric affair, with trusty sidemen Alex Neilson and Stevie Jones on board (plus several other guests). Excellent folk / folk-rock from a modern master. Out on Drag City.
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Ah, Alasdair Roberts. For my money, nobody does beautifully crafted, gently-lulling folk in a deep-rooted Scottish tradition any better. Now I’m treated to his latest lovely album: ten tracks, ten new songs. These songs are evocative, harking back to the golden era of late-’60s, early ‘70s folk and folk-rock: think Richard and Linda Thompson and of course Fairport Convention.
Recorded in Ireland with Alex Neilson’s rousing drums and Stevie Jones’ sure guiding hand on bass, the trio of players is complete and they make a fully rounded sound -- songs such as ‘The Breach’ and the title track ‘Pangs’ have a gorgeous, hypnotic power and the band, with occasional vocals from Debbie Armour backing up Roberts’ delicate burr, excel in this setting.
‘Vespers Chime’ is prove positive that you need no more than an acoustic guitar and a violin to find contentment. I love this sound so much, I find myself dreaming of sitting overlooking Glencoe, glass of single malt in hand. I bloody wish. [further information available at: www.visitscotland.com].
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