Spoils

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  • Summary: The latest album from the Scottish singer-songwriter features his drummer from Appendix Out.
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    With Spoils, Alasdair Roberts has delivered his finest work to date. [May 2009, p.95]
  2. Part-Incredible String Band, part- Lal Waterson, but mostly magnificently unique.
  3. There is a clarity of musical and lyrical vision here that is rarely found in modern music.
  4. Despite the cool harpsichords, glockenspiels, flutes and dulcimers, it’s Roberts’ mournful voice that leads the songs to their rightful resting places.
  5. There are plenty of fine moments in all the songs, whether it's a sudden burst of harmonies, or unexpected instrumental flourishes, from behind the singer.
  6. Though it doesn’t hit the peaks of No Earthly Man, his 2005 foray into the pure history of the ballad, Spoils easily holds its own.
  7. Roberts is then left essentially targeting an audience obsessed with novelty, but his ammunition is weak.

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