The Ruby Cord

Richard Dawson - The Ruby Cord
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #377 / 747
User Score
Based on 156 ratings
2022 Ratings: #18
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut
Geordie folklorist wraps up trilogy in typically eccentric style.
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
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
The Irish Times
English folk songwriter scales new heights with his experimental, exploratory album.
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.
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.
pinio985
70

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

GoodCompany
88

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

Whynot
40

Seriously?
Haha, come on. This is sooooo self indulgent.
For sure there are great passages here and there, but in terms of song structure this is a huge mess. Interesting and different with no question, but unfortunately “different” is not always the same as “good”.
And please, the vocal performance. I am aware we live in times where there are no standards, but we still know what is a decent delivery and what is not… and this is not. Maybe if someone else would ... read more

daltdisney
75

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

DahGraham
91

there is something about this project that just captures me and i have no other words to describe it

FAVORITE TRACKS: ALL

LEAST FAVORITE: No- One (i guess)

Crx
90

Try to describe this album to someone who doesn't know Richard Dawson challenge.

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Track List

1The Hermit
41:00
89
2Thicker Than Water
5:35
83
3The Fool
5:46
90
4Museum
8:06
88
5The Tip of an Arrow
10:06
88
6No - One
2:22
78
7Horse and Rider
7:54
92
Total Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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Added on: October 6, 2022