No Earthly Man - Alasdair Roberts
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    A near-faultless record. [Apr 2005, p.97]
  2. While several have done it just as well before him, Alasdair Roberts has few peers when it comes to treating these rather cruel stories with such love and care.
  3. These sparsely arranged folk songs are hauntingly pretty. [19 Mar 2005, p.59]
  4. No Earthly Man demonstrates that all the glitz and studio production techniques used in making many records aren't really necessary to craft a compelling document.
  5. On the quietly electrifying No Earthly Man, Roberts takes on eight classic murder ballads from the British Isles with dizzying results.
  6. These songs are reminders of a time when death wasn't a distant bogeyman but a mundane reality of everyday life. Alasdair Roberts's versions are somewhat modernized, but utterly immediate.
  7. 70
    The core remains Roberts' discomfitingly pure way with diction. [May 2005, p.109]
  8. It's a truly haunting record populated by ghosts. [May 2005, p.116]
  9. A sombre, sorrowful collection.
  10. Roberts sounds alienated, but not arrogant, like some of his labelmates often can. His vocal melodies lack warmth and pain, but I find No Earthly Man's blank stare profoundly appropriate.
  11. The only perfect choice here was to make an album full of ballads. It could have been a violent reworking of age-old texts. Unfortunately, there’s not enough violence here to fully rend and flay, just enough to bruise.
  12. Lacks the dynamism and subtlety of Farewell Sorrow.

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