Alasdair Roberts – Long Lankin

I must say that I’ve been slightly disappointed with Alasdair Roberts‘ last two full lengths, 2009’s Spoils and this year’s Too Long In This Condition. They’re not bad records by any stretch of the imagination, but both have had to dwell in the shadow of his 2007 masterpiece, the near flawless The Amber Gatherers. There have  however been a handful of beautiful songs on both. The undisputed highlight of his last record was his disquieting version of the traditional Long Lankin, a song that I fondly remember him playing live even before Spoils was released. I found this great, bare bones live version this afternoon and have watched it several times since. I strongly suggest you do the same!

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