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. Uncut
    90
    A near-faultless record. [Apr 2005, p.97]
  2. 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.
  3. On the quietly electrifying No Earthly Man, Roberts takes on eight classic murder ballads from the British Isles with dizzying results.
  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. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    These sparsely arranged folk songs are hauntingly pretty. [19 Mar 2005, p.59]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Q Magazine
    70
    It's a truly haunting record populated by ghosts. [May 2005, p.116]
  9. Mojo
    70
    The core remains Roberts' discomfitingly pure way with diction. [May 2005, p.109]
  10. A sombre, sorrowful collection.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. WayneB
    May 21, 2005
    9
    A spellbinding release from the former frontman of the overlooked Scottish outfit, Appendix Out. All traditional folksongs arranged A spellbinding release from the former frontman of the overlooked Scottish outfit, Appendix Out. All traditional folksongs arranged beautifully by Alasdair and produced by Sir Will Oldham. Light the candles kick, back in the stereo "sweet spot" and enjoy the dreaminess of these songs! Full Review »
  2. adamk
    Apr 15, 2005
    9
    Haunting, murderous and sometimes beautiful, this album remains still in my stereo and, try as i might, i cannot remove it. Incredible.