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  • Artist(s): Amble Skuse, David McGuinness
  • Summary: The collaboration between Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse, and David McGuinness features eight traditional Scottish songs.
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  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk, Indie Folk, British Folk, Traditional Folk
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  1. Apr 2, 2018
    90
    With its beautifully chosen material and unorthodox construction, What News has that rare timeless feeling to it, effortlessly placing the ancient within the present as only the right group of artists can manage to do.
  2. Apr 2, 2018
    90
    There is nothing comfortable about these traditions, but the evident joy in each other’s skills pushes the three musicians to peaks of subtle innovation. What News is just the latest in a string of Alasdair Roberts albums which turn our idea of folk music upside down and give it back to us charged with a new potency.
  3. Apr 2, 2018
    80
    Turns out, the news is that Roberts has made the most unabashedly gorgeous record of his career.
  4. Uncut
    Apr 3, 2018
    80
    Roberts continues to mine the traditional songbook, the sound is dominated by McGuinness' keyboards. Composer Amble Skuse adds squirts of electronica, bringing understated ambience to these brutal old songs. [Apr 2018, p.32]
  5. The Wire
    Jul 12, 2018
    80
    This is no mere revivalism. It’s a bridge with the past, created for the future. [May 2018, p.57]
  6. Apr 6, 2018
    80
    So many intricate ideas here, so beautifully done.
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