Wooden Horse – What Comes Around

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Review by Rob Stanley



 

When I first opened the cd and saw that 5 of the 12 tracks were not only covers but covers of classic tracks by the likes of ‘Dylan’ and ‘The Old Crow Medicine Show’ my heart sank simply because very few artists ever manage to pull off a cover without completely screwing it up.  So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I inserted the cd and then sat back on the sofa expecting the worse.

Right from the first few notes of ‘Hell ain’t going home’ with its haunting slide I am reminded of Leadbelly’s ‘The Gallis Pole’ and it dawns on me that I may have misjudged these guys.   From there we go straight into a cover of finger pickin ‘CC Rider’ which has been treated the utmost respect as have (as it turns out) all the covers on this album.

With such a high calibre of chosen covers you might be fooled into thinking that their own material would stick out like a sore thumb, but you would be wrong.   Both their writing and musical ability is so damn good that it’s near impossible to distinguish one from another and it all blends together beautifully.

From the vocal front you really can’t fault this duo either.  Jamie’s voice has a slightly gritty edge which is really suited to this style of musical genre and their joint harmonies are simply breathtaking.  Sound production is also extremely clean and well thought out, so clean and sharp in fact you could almost believe that they were actually in your living room with you.

‘What Comes Around’ is a fantastic mix of country blues, bluegrass and Cajun with a traditional roots edge tying it all together and is without question ‘Americana’ at its best.  This is pure moonshine, it’s sitting on the porch playing the harp whilst watching the sun go down, listening to hillbillies having a duelling banjos moment and it’s eating Gumbo & Jambalaya and relaxing after a hard day behind the plough <and breathe!!>.    What I am trying to say is that ‘What Comes Around’ from ‘Wooden Horse’ is simply nothing short of magical.

http://www.woodenhorsemusic.co.uk/

http://www.outlawpr.co.uk/

8 out of 10

Track List

1. Hell Ain’t Going Homewhat comes around
2. CC Rider
3. Freight Train Blues
4. Rainclouds
5. Simple Twist of Fate
6. Be Lonely With Me
7. Sweet Carolina
8. Yonder Calling
9. We’ll Move Up
10. All Prayed Up
11. We’re All In This Together
12. Waiting On you

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  1. Good album, I’d recommend the EP they released after this too (http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/wooden-horse-youre-in-my-heart/#.US6LCPKOXvY). When they use a faux American accent it grates a little to me sometimes, but otherwise talented playing and strong handling of the material. There are a lot of groups out there trying to do what Wooden Horse do and don’t pull it off anywhere near as well, which is something to be applauded and, more importantly, enjoyed!

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