Richard Dawson - Peasant
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #14 / 668
Year End Rank: #34
User Score
Based on 130 ratings
2017 Ratings: #65
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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 12, 2017
dearsongs
81
late to the game... a few songs I REALLY like on this album (Ogre, Weaver, Shapeshifter & Scientist) and some I'm not so sure about. In general I like the feel, the concept & Dawson's guitar playing and voice/melodies.

Still need to get a better feel for some of the tracks.
Dec 8, 2017
nostar
50
Sounds like someone took a shit on their computer and flushed this out.
Dec 7, 2017*
85
Making a concept album about life in medieval north Britain is a decidedly stupid idea. Pulling it off is rather genius.
Jan 20, 2018
CheapandLethal
100
Amazing
Dec 25, 2017
CocoCrisper
95
Every song is like a beautifully crafted movie. My only complaint is that Richard Dawson doesn't really have the best voice and it shows on some songs more than others (Ogre for example). Although he kind of gets away with it because the less than stellar voice seems to advance the sort of folksy feel of the album.

Favorite Tracks: Ogre, Soldier, Prostitute, Beggar
Least Favorite: Hob

On Shapeshifter, Dawson mentions the man being given a potato. How??? Potatoes are a new world crop but I ... read more
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Added on: May 24, 2017