AOTY 2018
Richard Dawson - Peasant
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #12 / 715
Year End Rank: #34
User Score
Based on 161 ratings
2017 Ratings: #47
June 2, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Avant-Folk / Genres
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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.
Loud and Quiet
‘Peasant’ is a potent and mournfully beautiful meditation on humankind’s inability to fix itself.
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.

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.

‘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.
The Guardian
Abstruse but weirdly accessible, recherche but pertinent, Peasant is quite an achievement.
His only limitation is the world he lives in. Here, he begins to transcend it.
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.
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.

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.

Sounds like someone took a shit on their computer and flushed this out.
Making a concept album about life in medieval north Britain is a decidedly stupid idea. Pulling it off is rather genius.
I shudder to think of the casual radio listening music fans reaction to this.

Ogre, Weaver, Shapeshifter & Scientist are all great. In general I like the feel, the concept & Dawson's guitar playing and voice/melodies.
Very weird folk music that comes off very Renaissance-like and inspiring and beautiful sounding. It's as if the songs of Richard Dawson were unearthed and brought to prominence.
Beggar may be one of my favorite songs ever. One of the most unique and beautifully sung melodies I have ever heard.
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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
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Added on: May 24, 2017