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Rye Bears a Poison
Appendix Out
Rye Bears a Poison
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Ali Roberts makes spare and spindly music that sounds as though it could have been written beside a hearth in Colonial America rather than in front of a two-bar heater in a late-'90s Scottish bedsit. Like his idol Will Old...  more »

      
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All Artists: Appendix Out
Title: Rye Bears a Poison
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Drag City
Original Release Date: 10/14/1997
Re-Release Date: 12/31/2002
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078148412627, 078148412610

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Ali Roberts makes spare and spindly music that sounds as though it could have been written beside a hearth in Colonial America rather than in front of a two-bar heater in a late-'90s Scottish bedsit. Like his idol Will Oldham, Roberts finds great breadth of expression by using the simplest of tools. A graceful guitar, a viola, and an autoharp serve as the bittersweet backdrop to these songs of natural beauty and slow-moving emotions. A breaking voice adds an aching touch of solitude to each. As "Our Sea" imagines two lovers on an icy walk through town, one asks, "If we bought a house / What would be embedded in the walls? / Lambswool cloths and bullets of the old war." At about 20 beats per minute, this music is the total opposite of the "extreme" music used to advertise soda pop and acne medicine. And that is a comforting and peaceful change. --Lois Maffeo

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03/30/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This record's cover, featuring a picture of a girl who seems to have been lured into a forest by little toadstool-shaped men, perfectly describes the music within. Songs such as 'Autumn' and 'Our Sea' are fungally seductive, and I imagine that these musicians prepared themselves for recording with rituals involving the consumption of mushroom broth. It's not all druggy haze, however, as there is a certain emotionally direct resonance to the material, brought through the sumptuous arrangements in a tide of sadness."
Great folk fun
04/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great songs, great singer, great fun to play. I like this music so much. It make me happy and I want to run and play in the sun in my cardigan sweater and pick those flowers that blow apart in the wind. The best song by far is the one for Lassie because as they sing the song I can close my eyes and picture the dog running through windy grass on a hot afternoon going to lie down with he master. Lassie was a goo dog and he even got he own show. Nice folky songs. Pretty good for any mood."