Richard Dawson - 2020

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  • Richard Dawson - 2020

Richard Dawson - 2020

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FormatCD & 2LP
Released11th October 2019
Catalogue WEIRD120CD
Barcode 887833012024
           

Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020, his first since the critically acclaimed, Peasant.

Indie Edition is;

+ 5mm spined outer sleeve
+ 2 x heavyweight 12” RED coloured vinyl w/t labels
+ 2 x printed inner sleeve
+ Includes download card

2020 is an utterly contemporary state-of-the-nation study, that uncovers a tumultuous and bleak time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown.

On 2020, Dawson introduces us to grand themes through small lives. His are portraits of human beings struggling with recognisable (and dare we say it, relatable) concerns, conflicts and desires, each reminding us that tragedy and gallows humour are not mutually exclusive, and that the magical can sit next to the mundane. Lyrically it is by far Dawson’s hardest-hitting and unflinchingly honest album to date. It is his poetic masterwork.

Within, we find disgruntled civil servants dreaming of better days, anxiety-addled joggers listlessly searching Zoopla for houses they cannot afford in their spare time, amateur footballers who think they’re Lionel Messi and beleaguered pub landlords battling rising floodwaters.

Here is life, in all its strange and wonderful ways.

1. Civil Servant 
2. The Queen's Head
3. Two Halves 
4. Jogging
5. Heart Emoji
6. Black Triangle
7. Fulfilment Centre
8. Fresher's Ball
9. No-One
10. Dead Dog in an Alleyway 

"...Dawson is such a unique voice." - 9/10
 
"On his dense but meticulously rendered new album, the British folk singer uses grander pop arrangements to wade into the barbarism of modern life." - 7.8
 
"Britain's best, most humane songwriter... Dawson adds pop-facing elements to folk on this brilliant album, full of stories of a benighted Britain." - ★★★★★