Review by Will Harris
Wooden Horse are keeping themselves busy. Only a matter of months since the release of their debut album What Comes Around — and already working on songs for a follow-up — the Worcester acoustic Americana duo here present a four-track EP to keep fans sated, and frankly it’s encouraging to see a band so prolific.
And consistent: the material on You’re In My Heart happily matches the standard of the first release. The opening title track, a self-written effort, gets toes tapping with some twee country that might prove a little too saccharin for some, but wholeheartedly pleasant for everyone else. The traditional ballad, ‘He Was A Friend Of Mine’, meanwhile, aims to tug at the heartstrings instead, but lacks freshness in its interpretation; it doesn’t say anything that the already famous Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson versions don’t.
Wooden Horse’s rendition of Arthur Crudup’s ‘Mean Old Frisco’, on the other hand, revises the much-covered song into a joyous acoustic boogie, with its energised slide playing and steam-train harp rhythm. The duo take a similarly fresh approach to ‘Lonesome River’, stripping down Ralph Stanley’s multifarious bluegrass number to a touching cowboy campfire lament.
A solid continuation from What Comes Around and a promising look ahead to the next album — here’s hoping.
7 out of 10
- You’re In My Heart
- He Was A Friend Of Mine
- Mean Old Frisco
- Lonesome River