The Ruby Cord

Richard Dawson - The Ruby Cord
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2022 Ratings: #248 / 805
User Score
Based on 481 ratings
2022 Rank: #96
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Record Collector

Released too late in the year to make some publications’ best-of 2022 lists and opening with a song that lasts 41(!) minutes, The Ruby Chord will be hailed as another masterpiece whether Dawson wants that or not.

90
Uncut
Geordie folklorist wraps up trilogy in typically eccentric style.
80
AllMusic

Listeners willing to approach The Ruby Cord on its own terms will be treated to a remarkable, thoughtful, and emotionally literate cycle of songs that ranks with his most rewarding work.

80
Loud and Quiet

Sonically, The Ruby Cord expands into an endless vista, while lyrically it takes our most human desires and places them further than our current reality into a setting that’s mired in an unease that won’t shift.

80
Mojo

Dawson’s approach to making The Ruby Cord was exemplified by his question, “What happens if we push on a bit further?” He’s answered that with one of the most inventive, exploratory albums of the year.

80
The Needle Drop
While a bit rockier of a journey than the previous two albums in this trilogy, The Ruby Cord is still quite an accomplishment from Richard.
80
The Irish Times
English folk songwriter scales new heights with his experimental, exploratory album.
75
Paste
The Newcastle Upon Tyne avant-folk songwriter delivers his most ambitious compositions to date in this conclusion to a trilogy of time-specific concept albums.
70
musicOMH
An album that has to be immersed in and savoured, there’s nobody else out there making music quite like this.
68
Pitchfork
The latest from the ambitious British musician is a grim vision of the future: a crumbling, corroding monument that feels strangely devoid of a soul.
60
The Observer
There’s enough good material here for this to have been an excellent 40-minute album; as it is, it’s a flawed 80-minute one.
daltdisney
70

Richard Dawson so good when u ain’t got a bitch in ya ear telling you the song’s too long.

GoodCompany
86

This has ruled my life for the past 3 days. With the lack of a single and so-so feelings about Henki I wasn't so jazzed up pre-release, but man do I love this.

**********

I haven't even listened to The Hermit at this point, I'm just not ready for that yet, but the back-half of the album (which is just as long as the hermit, just cut into 6 songs) is so good that I'm already hooked on those songs. I love love love Peasant, it's absolutely one of my favorites of the 2010's. While I enjoyed ... read more

pinio985
70

Some good ass prog-folk right here, really makes me feel like the lil dude on the cover.

Uni
66

This would be pretty damn good if the singer could sing

SunkenRock
95

I don't think that there is anything else like it, especially not with the quality and care that Dawson put into this abstract folk album

90

breathtaking journey dlc content only

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Track List

1The Hermit
41:00
89
2Thicker Than Water
5:35
84
3The Fool
5:46
88
4Museum
8:06
87
5The Tip of an Arrow
10:06
86
6No - One
2:22
74
7Horse and Rider
7:54
91
Total Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes
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Added on: October 6, 2022