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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Scottish singer-songwriter features contributions from Alex Neilson, Stevie Jones and Ailbhe nic Oireachtaigh.
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  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Folk, Celtic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk, Indie Folk, International, Contemporary Celtic
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  1. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    Startlingly original and yet somehow a nostalgic comfort in these worrying times, Roberts is one of the best we've got.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 23, 2019
    80
    This is vintage Roberts, rich poetry couched in spare, beautiful, quietly adventurous arrangements. [Oct 2019, p.36]
  3. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    The Fiery Margin shames so many songs being written today, not with reproach, but with example after elegant example of how it’s done right.
  4. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    From first note to last, The Fiery Margin is a recording that exudes complete confidence.
  5. Sep 23, 2019
    70
    Roberts' body of work is consistent enough that The Fiery Margin doesn't necessarily stand out, at least in comparison to his traditionally oriented work as opposed to more experimental efforts such as 2018's What News. But as an acoustic artist exploring the lineage of Scottish folk, he's a major talent, and this album captures him in splendid form.