No Earthly Man - Alasdair Roberts
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  • Summary: Will Oldham produced this third album for the former Appendix Out member, which consists of his interpretations of traditional Scottish folk songs.
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  1. 90
    A near-faultless record. [Apr 2005, p.97]
  2. On the quietly electrifying No Earthly Man, Roberts takes on eight classic murder ballads from the British Isles with dizzying results.
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    The core remains Roberts' discomfitingly pure way with diction. [May 2005, p.109]
  5. 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.
  6. It's a truly haunting record populated by ghosts. [May 2005, p.116]
  7. Lacks the dynamism and subtlety of Farewell Sorrow.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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! Expand