No Selfish Heart

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No Selfish Heart
No Selfish Heart.jpg
Studio album by Rick Redbeard
Released 28 January 2013
Recorded Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, Bernese Oberland
Genre Alternative folk, alternative country
Length 43.07
Label Chemikal Underground
Producer Rick Anthony
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Arts Desk 4/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[2]
The Herald (Glasgow) favourable[3]
The List 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
The Quietus favourable[6]
Scotland on Sunday 4/5 stars[7]
The Scotsman 4/5 stars[8]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[9]
Uncut 9/10[10]

No Selfish Heart is the first album by Rick Redbeard, the solo recording pseudonym of Scottish musician Rick Anthony. It was released on January 28, 2013 through Chemikal Underground Records to critical acclaim.[11][12]

It was self-recorded by Anthony in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and the Bernese Oberland in the first half of 2012. It is composed of songs written by Anthony between 2004 and 2012[1] as well as a version of the traditional Scottish folk song Kelvin Grove and one older home-recording from 2007, the single Now We're Dancing.[13][14]

Themes[edit]

The album deals primarily with themes of nature, love, sex, death, memory, nostalgia and the passage of time[6][13][15] and has a stripped back sound and emphasis on acoustic instrumentation that is markedly different from Anthony's prior work with The Phantom Band.[7][16]

Influences[edit]

Critics noted the influence on the album of iconic artists such as Leonard Cohen, Will Oldham, Bill Callahan, Jason Molina, Jim Reid (folk musician), Alasdair Roberts and Neil Young[6][16][17] as well as the dark, sparse Southern gothic prose of Cormac McCarthy and the surreal fantasy of Alasdair Gray.[14][18] Anthony has also spoken of the influence that landscape and nature has on his writing, specifically the scenery of his native Aberdeenshire[15] and the mountains of the Bernese Alps.[19]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Clocks" - 2.19
  2. "Old Blue" - 4.06
  3. "Any Way I Can" - 5.21
  4. "A Greater Brave" - 5.08
  5. "We All Float" - 3.03
  6. "Kelvin Grove" - 5.52
  7. "Now We're Dancing" - 4.02
  8. "Cold As Clay (The Grave)" - 4.07
  9. "Wildlove" - 3.11
  10. "No Selfish Heart" - 5.59

Personnel[edit]

  • Rick Anthony - vocals, guitar, piano, percussion, melodica, xylophone, bass
  • Josephine Anthony - backing vocals and photography
  • Angus Ramsay - violin
  • Eileen Ramsay - layout, design and photography
  • Oran Wishart - layout and design
  • Kenny MacLeod - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CD: Rick Redbeard - No Selfish Heart | New music reviews, news & interviews". The Arts Desk. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Sean (2013-02-04). "Rick Redbeard - No Selfish Heart / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  3. ^ "CD Review". Herald Scotland. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  4. ^ Meighan, Nicola. "Rick Redbeard - No Selfish Heart". The List. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  5. ^ [Jan, 2013. Mojo review- print edition only]
  6. ^ a b c "Reviews | Rick Redbeard". The Quietus. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  7. ^ a b "Album review: Rick Redbeard - No Selfish Heart - Music". The Scotsman. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  8. ^ "Album reviews: Rick Redbeard | Fionn Regan | Duncan Lyall - Music". The Scotsman. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  9. ^ Darren Carle. (2013-01-07). "Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart | Album Review". The Skinny. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  10. ^ [February, 2013. Uncut review - print edition only]
  11. ^ "Rick Redbeard |". Chemikal.co.uk. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  12. ^ "No Selfish Heart Reviews". Metacritic. 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  13. ^ a b Rick Anthony (2013-01-21). "Track-by-track: Rick Redbeard reveals No Selfish Heart | Music Feature". The Skinny. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  14. ^ a b Dave Kerr (2013-01-09). "Phantom Band frontman Rick Redbeard unveils solo debut | Interview". The Skinny. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  15. ^ a b "Shhh! The genius of a music festival that's oh so quiet". Herald Scotland. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  16. ^ a b "Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart | Album Reviews". musicOMH. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  17. ^ "is this music?» long players » Rick Redbeard". Isthismusic.com. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  18. ^ "Introducing... Rick Redbeard | News | Clash Magazine". Clashmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  19. ^ Gorman, Francine (2013-03-12). "Reference Points: Rick Redbeard". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 2013-08-09.