Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Alasdair Roberts "Farewell Sorrow" (2003)

So it's a couple of years after "The Crook of My Arm", & when Roberts goes back into the studio, this time around he uses more musicians & instruments.  The added complexity to the arrangements is a huge improvement.  The music is still rather simple & sparse -- the arrangements don't detract from the songs, only help focus our attention. 

To my ears it's rather similar to the Bonnie Prince Billy records recorded around the same time.  There's lots of space for the songs to develop.

This is a lovely album, & highly recommended, especially for the winter months.

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