AOTY 2017
Richard Dawson - Peasant
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #15 / 648
Year End Rank: #19
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2017 Ratings: #79
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The Line of Best Fit
Its significance, its profundity, its sheer exhilarating force will stay with you for far longer than just about anything else you’re likely to hear this year.
90
Loud and Quiet
‘Peasant’ is a potent and mournfully beautiful meditation on humankind’s inability to fix itself.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Peasant is Dawson’s most direct, nuanced, and haunting creation yet, a frayed tapestry of a community in peril, where each is left to their own struggles, their own prejudices, their own inflictions of cruelty from a universe that seems designed to rot us from within.

90
The 405

Peasant is a pretty staggering departure from the massed ranks of 2017’s batch of albums. It is a restorative, headstrong burst of inspiration from an artist with the courage to execute his vision without compromise. If ever an album deserved to rise above the fray, it is this one.

88
GIGsoup
‘Peasant’ has a lot to take in. Complex, ambitious and unwieldy it’s an album that would be admirable even if it didn’t quite work out. The fact that Dawson has created a record that lives up to and perhaps even exceeds the weight of its own aspiration is deeply impressive.
80
The Guardian
Abstruse but weirdly accessible, recherche but pertinent, Peasant is quite an achievement.
80
Pitchfork
His only limitation is the world he lives in. Here, he begins to transcend it.
80
Uncut
Bold and dense, tragic and hilarious, this is a record that binds together history, fantasy and personal revelation into a brilliant, uncompromising epic that shines like a beacon of hope in dark times.
80
The Needle Drop
Richard Dawson's sprawling and rustic tunes bring back a sense of olde English folklore and mysticism that isn't often heard in contemporary music.
70
AllMusic

If Richard Dawson is Fairport Unconventional, Peasant is his Liege & Lief, a strange but fascinating journey through the frameworks of British folk music as seen by one truly unique set of eyes.

Dec 8, 2017
nostar
50
Sounds like someone took a shit on their computer and flushed this out.
Dec 7, 2017
85
Making an album about life in medieval north Britain is a decidedly stupid idea. Pulling it off is rather genius.
Sep 2, 2017
Joshua0_o
88
Playing The Witcher 3 with this in the background = I M M E R S I O N

Fav tracks: Ogre, Soldier, Scientist, No-One
Aug 30, 2017
MarkCooper
73
Very unique in terms of what you come to expect from a folk album that's released in 2017. It's a bit too obtuse for me to truly love, as it lacks almost any hooks or placid moment. However, it is so different, while also being well-composed, that it deserves to be recognized for that. Hopefully we'll start hearing a lot of new artists that took inspiration from Richard Dawson.

Favorite Track: Ogre
Aug 19, 2017
winitheju
86
Cacophonous, exciting, unpredictable with fascinating vocals. The most unique folk album in years
Track List
  1. Herald
  2. Ogre
  3. Soldier
  4. Weaver
  5. Prostitute
  6. Shapeshifter
  7. Scientist
  8. Hob
  9. Beggar
  10. No-One
  11. Masseuse


Added on: May 24, 2017