Too Long in This Condition

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Alasdair Roberts' sixth proper album, an 11-track, upper level course on contemporary and traditional Scottish balladry, begins with a tale that concerns a cheating wife being escorted to Hell by Satan himself on his own ghost ship. "Daemon Lover" may sound like a downer, but Roberts' sprightly guitar work and amiable delivery make it sound more like a campfire ghost story than a cautionary tale of the pitfalls of adultery. Too Long in This Condition differs little from the singer/songwriter's previous outings, which is good news for anyone who has followed his rise from Will Oldham-esque, U.K. folk oddity under the moniker Appendix Out to one of most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Alasdair Roberts' sixth proper album, an 11-track, upper level course on contemporary and traditional Scottish balladry, begins with a tale that concerns a cheating wife being escorted to Hell by Satan himself on his own ghost ship. "Daemon Lover" may sound like a downer, but Roberts' sprightly guitar work and amiable delivery make it sound more like a campfire ghost story than a cautionary tale of the pitfalls of adultery. Too Long in This Condition differs little from the singer/songwriter's previous outings, which is good news for anyone who has followed his rise from Will Oldham-esque, U.K. folk oddity under the moniker Appendix Out to one of most respected, modern practitioners of the English/Scottish/Irish/Welsh folk tradition. His renditions of classics like "Long Lankin," "Little Sir Hugh," "The Golden Vanity," and "Barbara Allen" are just loose enough to retain their authenticity, and well-honed enough to earn the abbreviated guitar tablature (complete with capo locations) that accompanies them in the liner notes. Nic Jones, Archie Fisher, and Dick Gaughan may have blazed his trail, but it's Roberts who's leading the way now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Drag City
  • UPC: 781484042129
  • Catalog Number: 421
  • Sales rank: 380,829

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alasdair Roberts Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
Ben Reynolds Lap Steel Guitar
Tom Crossley Flute, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Christine Hanson Cello
Donald Lindsay Choir, Chorus, uillean pipes
Emily Portman Concertina, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping, Vocal Harmony
Stevie Jones Piano, Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Upright Bass, Foot Stomping
Shane Connolly Percussion, Drums
Robert Hubbert Electric Guitar
Alastair Caplin Fiddle, Cajon, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
Technical Credits
Alan Roberts Composer
Paul Savage Engineer
Dan Osborn Layout
Alasdair Roberts Liner Notes, Song Notes
Traditional Composer
Stevie Jones Engineer
Eddie Summerton Paintings
Alastair Caplin Flute Arrangement, Fiddle Arrangement
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