Urstan - Alasdair Roberts
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  • Summary: Alasdair Roberts and Mairi Morrison collaborated on the album of traditional Gaelic songs for Ceol’s Craic, a Gaelic arts center in Glasgow.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    90
    What comes across most effectively is the ease that both Roberts and Morrison have with one another. Their vocals settle in together comfortably. That feeling adds even more bubbling warmth to this already toasty disc.
  2. 80
    The pair dovetail beautifully on the mostly traditional ballads and work-songs.
  3. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    No museum piece, Urstan energizes the past. [May 2012, p.80]
  4. Apr 12, 2012
    70
    Forget austere, bleak, slavishly traditional renditions – this is Roberts and Morrison we're talking about. These love and 'waulking' songs – one of them originally sung by women weaving tweed – are expansive, joyful, mysterious things.
  5. Apr 12, 2012
    70
    Roberts and Morrison have crafted an elegant and vivid love letter to the music and culture of Lewis, and certainly brings to life the storytellings and traditions of this remote outpost.
  6. Apr 20, 2012
    60
    Urstan find Roberts'signature whistling-kettle delivery ... framed with guitars, fiddles, drums and brass. A peaty, heathery authenticity pervades - to compelling effect. [May 2012, p.88]
  7. Apr 18, 2012
    50
    Urstan can be seen as a remedial effort. [Apr 2012, p.58]

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