ALBUM REVIEW: Richard Dawson – 2020 | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 11.10.19

 

 

 

 

 

Following the Anglo-Saxon parables of Peasant, Richard Dawson shifts to a far more direct lyrical and musical approach for 2020. Over nine microscopically detailed narratives, Dawson offers a vividly recognisable collage of life in Britain today: overworked, underappreciated and (sometimes rightly) suspicious of our family, friends and co-workers.

For all the synth squiggles and occasional excursions into cod-metal (see the wonderful opener Civil Servant for proof), the result is the simplest and most readily absorbed Dawson collection since Sings Songs And Plays Guitar. Some of Dawson’s finest work yet can be found here (the astonishing, powerful lead single Jogging and the surreal sales force nightmare Fulfilment Centre), but at times the sheer weight of sentiment comes close to clogging the gears.

 

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