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Ali Roberts makes spare and spindly music that sounds as though it could have been written beside a hearth in Colonial America rather than in front of a two-bar heater in a late-'90s Scottish bedsit. Like his idol Will Oldham, Roberts finds great breadth of expression by using the simplest of tools. A graceful guitar, a viola, and an autoharp serve as the bittersweet backdrop to these songs of natural beauty and slow-moving emotions. A breaking voice adds an aching touch of solitude to each. As "Our Sea" imagines two lovers on an icy walk through town, one asks, "If we bought a house / What would be embedded in the walls? / Lambswool cloths and bullets of the old war." At about 20 beats per minute, this music is the total opposite of the "extreme" music used to advertise soda pop and acne medicine. And that is a comforting and peaceful change. --Lois Maffeo

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 31, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0000019SD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This record's cover, featuring a picture of a girl who seems to have been lured into a forest by little toadstool-shaped men, perfectly describes the music within. Songs such as 'Autumn' and 'Our Sea' are fungally seductive, and I imagine that these musicians prepared themselves for recording with rituals involving the consumption of mushroom broth. It's not all druggy haze, however, as there is a certain emotionally direct resonance to the material, brought through the sumptuous arrangements in a tide of sadness.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ali and friends make a creepy campfire-type album to brood cathartically to; even though I don't like "Lassie, Lie Near Me" as much as the rest just 'cuz the other vocalist stepping in kinda breaks the flow of the album for me, it's kinda neat in the same way as, I guess, Isobel singing for a bit on a Belle and Sebastian record...Oh, and, although this has probably been said maybe 25 times elsewhere, if you're into that Bonnie Will Prince Palace manchildfellow, i think you might like these folks too... ;)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2002
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Great songs, great singer, great fun to play.
I like this music so much. It make me happy and I want to run and play in the sun in my cardigan sweater and pick those flowers that blow apart in the wind. The best song by far is the one for Lassie because as they sing the song I can close my eyes and picture the dog running through windy grass on a hot afternoon going to lie down with he master. Lassie was a goo dog and he even got he own show.
Nice folky songs. Pretty good for any mood.
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