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Alasdair Roberts

Too Long In This Condtion

12" LP

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2010 release from the Scottish singer/songwriter. Young Alasdair Roberts is an old hand at song craft and not just his own, but the songs of the ancients, the near-ancients and their friends. Over the past decade that he's been singing music in his own name, he's made a habit out of recording songs of his own and traditional songs with an equal amount of investment and urgency. After all, it's all music, always deserving of everything we have to give. Too Long In This Condition stands at the deep well of traditional songs, ready to plunge the murky depths at any moment.


Alasdair Roberts’ sixth proper album, an 11-track, upper level course on contemporary and traditional Scottish balladry, begins with a tale that concerns a cheating wife being escorted to Hell by Satan himself on his own ghost ship. "Daemon Lover” may sound like a downer, but Roberts’ sprightly guitar work and amiable delivery make it sound more like a campfire ghost story than a cautionary tale of the pitfalls of adultery. Too Long in This Condition differs little from the singer/songwriter’s previous outings, which is good news for anyone who has followed his rise from Will Oldham-esque, U.K. folk oddity under the moniker Appendix Out to one of most respected, modern practitioners of the English/Scottish/Irish/Welsh folk tradition. His renditions of classics like “Long Lankin,” “Little Sir Hugh,” “The Golden Vanity,” and “Barbara Allen” are just loose enough to retain their authenticity, and well-honed enough to earn the abbreviated guitar tablature (complete with capo locations) that accompanies them in the liner notes. Nic Jones, Archie Fisher, and Dick Gaughan may have blazed his trail, but it’s Roberts who’s leading the way now.

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Artist Alasdair Roberts
Track Listing 1 The Daemon Lover - 4:43 2 Young Emily - 2:24 3 Long Lankin - 5:05 4 The Two Sisters - 5:35 5 Little Sir Hugh - 5:26 6 Kilmahog Saturday Afternoon - 1:28 7 The Golden Vanity - 4:03 8 The Burning of Auchindoun - 3:22 9 The Lover's Ghost - 4:29 10 What Put the Blood on Your Right Shoulder, Son? - 5:43 11 Barbara Allen - 5:29

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