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Peasant

Richard Dawson

2017

Peasant
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Peasant is a studio album by avant-garde folk musician Richard Dawson, released on 2 June 2017 by Weird World. Each song on the album is from the perspective of a different fictional narrator. Although it is set in the Kingdom of Bryneich, from the 400s to the 600s CE, it is intended to be a modern record, the stories and plight of each character largely contain universal themes that connect to the present day. Peasant received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82 based on eleven reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". The Quietus listed it in first position on their list of the best albums of 2017, and it placed second in The Wire magazine's annual critics' poll. Exclaim! listed it at number 8 on their Top 10 Folk and Country Albums of 2017 list.

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Rating

2.39

Votes

56

Genres

  • Folk

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

The start to Peasant is slow, or at least stripped-from-modernity for a bit, but hits a full weird stride which it's then able to stick to. The characterization is less interesting than the meta-character plucking strings and sending his words out long and short. Disjointed in just the right way; Entirely in control if not under it.

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Mon Apr 01 2024
3

Something about this very reminiscent of something but what? Vic Chesnutt? Neutral Milk Hotel? Something else, something English. I wish he'd do the sound but with less of the faux old-timeyish thing in the lyrics.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
2

I hoped that after the original list we were done with folk. Unfortunately not. I don't get this pseudo-renaissancy music, it's boring, annoying and unoriginal.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

Just a hair shy past the fun experimentation threshold, into the "maybe music has these rules for the reason.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
3

Until I read the Wikipedia article for this, I had no idea what was going on in this album. Avant-garde folk music is not really my jam. I was ready to give this a 2 until I understood that each song is from a different perspective/narrator. Sort of neat, so bumped it up to a 3, but I definitely have heard better 3/5 albums in this list (to me).

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Fri Mar 29 2024
3

A kind of music which I rarely have listened to. Respect.

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Sat Mar 30 2024
3

This was a frequently irritating on first listen, but odd and unique enough that I'll punt with a neutral rating.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
3

I liked him as host of the Family Feud, but not so sure about this. Haha, I'm so funny. And old. I liked this. At its best reminded me of early Peter Gabriel and Genesis. A bit weird at times but kept my interest and I enjoyed listening to it. 3 stars.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
2

Interesting, but a bit too weird for my taste. I love how guitar sounds on the record, it is amazing indeed. However Richard's ugly voice and the songs themselves did not really appeal me

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Sun Apr 07 2024
2

Sorry to say, but this really got in my nerves. Out of tune vocals don't have to be a problem, but when it's a whole choir it does.

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Sun Apr 14 2024
2

lol what an avant garde masterpiece. It would've been average rating, but the singing REALLY drags it down. Old timey English folk music (ie. not American folk country) is pretty good when done properly... which this isn't. 2/5.

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Sun Apr 07 2024
1

Is this a serious attempt? At what, would be my second question. I think Monthy Python at their most sarcastic would have been able to still do a more satisfying folk album than this one.

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Mon Apr 15 2024
1

To me, this one sounded like a bad busker on a London street. Singing was awful, guitar sounded too out of tune to me... Very chaotic. Although I liked the songwriting, I had a hard time listening to this album

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Wed Apr 24 2024
2

definitely folk. interesting themed album. doesn't make me want to explore more of Richard's work and a once through was enough.

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