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Slow Horse : Slow Horse II

Like the first three albums by Peter Gabriel, the second Slow Horse album was originally simply entitled 'Slow Horse', like the first one. Now dubbed 'II,' it is a quantum improvement for the band in terms of songwriting and sound quality. Although bassist Ernest Anderson has since moved on, the album is an effective statement for where Slow Horse was in 2001, and sets the stage beautifully for their next effort.

The music Slow Horse makes might best be termed "melodic doom," and for those who need a label, it's not a bad one. Their sound is thunderously heavy, with long songs occasionally interrupted by rhythmic changeups. Guitarist/vocalist Dan Bukszpan's lyrics, sung cleanly and powerfully, are widely known for their confessional style. The first album's theme focused on the painful breakup of interpersonal relationships; 'Slow Horse II' expands on that to include themes of alienation and powerlessness. Drummer Scott Sanfratello's agility on the skins keeps this power trio's sound full and interesting, while bassist Anderson provides a stable playing field on which the others can build. 'The Games You Play' starts off with a slow bassline contrasted against a gradually-building freakout on the drums. 'I'm Nothing, I'm No One' is perhaps most representative of what Slow Horse can do, with its melodic vocals and dinosaur pace. 'No. 9' finishes the album up on an unexpected note, sounding more like the indy band Low than Black Sabbath.

Engineer Martin Bisi has achieved a remarkably rich, even, powerful sound on this disc, a far cry from the shrill music that passes for "alternative" these days. If you're into the sounds of trad. Doom done in a completely original way, check out 'Slow Horse II'. Personally, I can't wait to find out what the new bass player brings to the table in - dare I title it in advance? - 'Slow Horse III'.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. I'm Nothing, I'm No One
2. The Games You Play
3. Stay
4. Let it Slide
5. Coming Unhinged
6. Nameless
7. Untitled
8. The Last
9. No. 9

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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