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Folklore [CD]

Sixteen Horsepower, 16 Horsepower Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Glitterhouse
  • ASIN: B000067CRC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sixteen Horsepower are crusaders in the traditional and musical sense of the term, and Folklore is further proof of this. While much of what has been written about this extraordinary band has concentrated on the religious fervour of singer/songwriter David Eugene Edwards, Sixteen Horsepower's equally passionate zeal for the music that inspires them has been overlooked. This extraordinary band see themselves as heirs to two apparently contrary, but--Sixteen Horsepower believe--spiritually akin lineages: old-school American folk and New Wave punk rock.

On their previous albums, they've started acknowledging some of these influences, covering Bob Dylan's "'Cept You", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" and Gun Club's "Fire Spirit", among others. Folklore is also, in part, a work of homage, containing typically ferocious readings of Hank Williams' "Alone and Forsaken" and the Carter Family's "Single Girl", as well as a selection of traditional songs--all of which sound here like they've always been Sixteen Horsepower songs. Folklore also contains four new Sixteen Horsepower originals, which demonstrate that their capacity for making banjos and violins sound like the onset of the apocalypse remains undimmed. --Andrew Mueller

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't no sunshine 1 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
In the wake of rumors of their imminent demise, the members of Sixteen Horsepower have produced what is perhaps their most compelling work to date. But don't buy this disc expecting to hear a progressive new sound from these gothabilly songsters. Rather join them for an often-harrowing trip across Appalachia and Europe visiting backwoods cabins and barren countrysides searching out their musical and cultural roots.
David Eugene Edwards, Pascal Humbert and Jean Yves Tola have crafted a complex and powerful homage of sorts to their progenitors. We witness how such musical influences as Hank Williams, The Carter Family and a fistfull of traditional folksongs have taken root in their fertile psyches and then blossomed into these ten songs, both beautiful and distressing to behold.
Taking a step back from the highly polished sound of their last group effort, "Secret South," "Folklore" is in a way their least accessible work to date, but inaccessibility has never frightened their truest fans. The songs with few exceptions master the brooding drone that has marked this band a unique and precious find among so many unremarkable efforts.
These songs are dark, among their darkest. A friend of mine once described 16hp's work (disparagingly I fear) as "music to contemplate a coffin by." At points during "Folklore" he might have not been too far off the mark. "Horse Head Fiddle" is so mist-shrouded and ethereal that one can hear the spirits of Tom Waits, Ry Cooder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan hovering in the carefully layered rhythms and drones. But we are here to witness influences and to welcome old friends.
This highly textured musicscape is at once triumphant and windswept.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Excellence 15 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
16 Horsepower are a tragically overlooked band, fronted by the eccentric yet undoubtedly talented David Eugene Edwards (also of Woven Hand). The band play a dark, brooding style of country music. If you see the word 'country' and are instantly thinking of hillbilly music and cowboys, 16 Horsepower will completely change that notion. The subject is dark - man's sins and downfall, societies lack of faith, wallowing in a world of superficial possessions... all engulfed in harrowing soundscapes of `eerie' banjos and a rather pounding low-end. This is not for the faint of heart.

Standout tracks include the menacing opener 'Hutterite Mile', a slow paced chilling opener that sets the tone perfectly. The same style is ensued in my personal favourite `Blessed Persistence', brooding, slow paced bass lines and desolate guitars surround Edwards' bleak lyrics. `Sinnerman' and `Beyone The Pale' also follow this style. `Outlaw Song' is very worthy of note for its difference, standing out from the overall gloomy atmosphere with its somewhat upbeat feel, despite the lyrics telling a rather violent narrative.

16 Horsepower really should get more recognition as they are a tremendous act, really engulfing and thought provoking, this is music to be savoured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 4 Sep 2007
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I remember when I first heard of this band very late one night watching alternative music on MTV. The eerie, sepia shot, video for "Haw", off their first album, came on probably just under 10 years ago. I was suitably blow away to make the purchase & follow this bands progress from there on in.

Their first two (excellent)albums were drenched with menace, fire & brimstone, archaic country rock. 3rd album Secret South saw the pace slow down ever so slighty. This, their 4th & final (as far as I know) evloved the sound in secret South still further. Its not as furious or in your face dark as the early stuff, but that does not mean it isn't equally as menacing in its own way. The voice is still sending shivers down the spine, the lyrics still portentious & god fearing.. this is one hell of a CD. A great shame this band split up, every CD is quality.. ah well, Looking forward to hearing Edwards next project, Woven Hand!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 1 Jun 2014
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If you see '16 Horsepower' or 'Wovenhand' on a CD cover, expect me to give it five stars.

This is dark, edgy, scary country folk music. Imagine stripped-down barnraisin' American country music given the intensity and savagery of Nick Cave, Swans or even Neurosis. Simultaneously beautiful and terrifying.
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