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Money for All

Nine Horses Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Samadhi Sound UK
  • ASIN: 5558036729
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 9H EP CD 24 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
It was a pleasant surprise to find out that Sylvian, Jansen and Friedman have decided to continue their musical union under the name Nine Horses. Their debut, Snow Borne Sorrow, was easily one of the strongest highlights of 2005. This extended play cd single includes remixes of three songs from SBS, though these versions pale in comparison to the originals.

So the real lure would be the new material, which shape up to be worthy additions to the Nine Horses canon. 'Money For All', a Sylvian and Friedman composition, contains elements of funky hip-hop, folky harmonica, bluesy guitar licks, and soulful harmonies. Sylvian's lyrics continue in the topically political vein that influenced a major portion of the group's debut. 'Get The Hell Out', a Sylvian and Jansen creation, is built around an upbeat techno rhythm (somewhat reminiscent of Massive Attack's recent output) overlayed with keyboard horns (somewhat reminiscent of Eno's Nerve Net) and densely orchestrated string samples. Sylvian's lyrics are rather vague on this one, yet the premise seems to revolve around an abused woman's search for a sense of safety. 'Birds Sing For Their Lives', also available on the Japanese version of SBS, is a Sylvian-Jansen collaboration with Stina Nordenstam handling the vocal and lyrics. Her voice, somewhat akin to Rickie Lee Jones crossed with Shelly Duval's take on Olive Oyl, at first seems to be a jarring contrast with the lush orchestration of this waltz-like ballad, yet it is this unique offbeat style that creates the idiosyncratic tone and tension, setting the piece apart from the dirgelike sound of Sylvian's ballads from the first Nine Horses release.

Hopefully this musical conglomeration will continue. This little teaser will definitely keep you wanting for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity 15 Aug 2011
By JB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really, really wanted to love this album, especially after 'Snow Borne Sorrow' which I think is one of the best albums of the last 30 years. But this contains little of the originality or uniqueness that made SBS take your breath away. Of the very few new tracks on here, 'Get The Hell Out' is disappointing and sounds like it was left over from the SBS sessions, discarded from that album. The only stand-out track is the haunting 'Birds Sing For Their Lives' which is, quite frankly, brilliant. The sad thing is that I'm saying that about the one track on the album on which David Sylvian doesn't sing!

His voice, on the other tracks, is as rich as always, but the songs themselves are not up to the SBS standard. Half the album is Burnt Friedman's remixes of SBS tracks - why???? Why not give us an entirely new album? The remixes sound like he simply put the same, rather bland backing track to each song - they don't sound new or exciting. When you get to the end and find a Friedman remix of one of the NEW tracks, you being to wonder if everyone's heart was only half in this album ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recordings Ive ever heard? 29 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic song craftsmanship, and recording quality, possibly one of the best CD recordings Ive ever heard (Seratonin), absolutely wonderful album 'nuff said
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Horses Ride Again 26 Jan 2007
By sleepwalkers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman and Steve Jansen have fortunately made the decision to continue working together under the moniker of NINE HORSES. This eight track EP begins with the title track, "Money For All", a collaboration between Sylvian and Friedman. Jazzy vibraphone and clarinet riffs are intertwined with bluesy guitar licks and folky harmonica lines,...all casually placed atop a slightly trippy hip hop groove. The song also features the soulful harmonies from the very same backing vocalists who helped frame a large portion of the melody lines on Nine Horses' debut, Snow Borne Sorrow. Sylvian's lyrics seem to be filled with veiled attacks against the US President Bush and the Republican Party (referred to here as "a mean looking elephant"), basically hitting them hard where they purport to be the strongest: homeland security, capitalism, and the neo-conservative urge for war rather than diplomacy. Yet the cultural climate maintained by the nation's citizens is also taken to task: the endless need for foreign oil, the downside to nationalistic pride resulting in an 'us versus them' mentality, the overall greed that is prevalent in capitalism and destructive vices that many willingly take part in.

"Get The Hell Out", written by Jansen and Sylvian, is built upon a funked up techno beat which is somewhat similar to the recent sound of Massive Attack. Staccato synthesized horn kicks punctuate the track throughout the relatively aggressive verses, while Sylvian's smooth Fender Rhodes and a highly orchestrated sampling of violins permeate the much gentler bridges. Though Sylvian's lyrics are uncharacteristically less descriptive than usual, it appears as though the song's subject matter revolves around an abused woman in need of escape from her current situation.

"Birds Sing For Their Lives", which previously appeared on the Japanese version of Nine Horses' debut cd, is a collaboration between Jansen and Sylvian with singer Stina Nordenstam handling all vocals and lyrics. The song's minimalistic and icy tone atop an eerily adagio waltz tempo is perfect for Nordenstam's fragile vocal.

In the case of Friedman's remixes of the tracks from Snow Borne Sorrow, all three fail to improve upon the originals in any way and come across as unnecessary in my opinion. Yet the new material that is included can only be considered as especially strong additions to the Nine Horses catalog, so this is well worth it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars-- New songs and remixes. 14 Aug 2007
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Money for All" is an EP released by Nine Horses, a collaborative effort between David Sylvian, Steve Jansen and Burnt Friedman. Newcomers to the project are advised to start with the band's album, "Snow Borne Sorrow".

Having dispensed with that, this EP consists of three new songs, two of which receive a remix, and three remixes of pieces from "Snow Borne Sorrow".

As for the material itself, the new pieces find Sylvian hearkening back to a decade ago-- looped beats and instruments and edgy, aggressive, nearly spoken word vocals and dominate both the title track and "Get the Hell Out". It reminds me strongly of the "Little Girls with 99 Lives" material that surfaced on the "I Surrender" single, but like that material, it sounds almost awkward and tentative at times. Admittedly, Sylvian's chorus on "Get the Hell Out" is so fantastic, it's hard not to love it. The third new piece, Birds Sing For Their Lives", is a vocal feature for Stina Nordenstam. I have to be honest, I don't love her voice and given this, it's hard for me to seriously consider the piece-- certainly the backing track has a nice, lurching electronica sound, but Nordenstam's vocal doesn't sit right with me. "Money For All" and "Get the Hell Out" both get remixes-- the former doesn't add much-- adding a few pauses and playing with some of the loops, the latter respins the piece as a churning, violin-driven number, adding a number of overtones and colors.

The remixes of the material from "Snow Borne Sorrow", like the ones for Sylvian's previous effort ("The Good Son vs. the Only Daughter" remix album for "Blemish") are often dramatically different from the previous versions. "The Banality of Evil" gets reinvented completely, restructured and featuring a noisy guitar line, while taking away some of the almost groaning nature of the original. For a piece that keeps the melody of the original, it feels like a totally different song. "Wonderful World" doesn't get quite this level of reinvention, feeling more like a rearrangement, with Friedman's remix emphasizing the separation between the vocals and the instruments moreso than the album mix. "Serotonin" is reinvented as a muted funk workout, and while I have the least to say about it, is probably the best of the three remixes.

Like the rest of the Nine Horses material, I find myself with quite a mixed feeling on this one-- it's not that it's not a worthwhile listen, it's just that it's not superb, and quite honestly, I've come to expect superb from Sylvian, particularly after just how powerful "Blemish" was a few years ago. If it were someone else, I'd rate this higher, but for Sylvian, this one is a bit subpar.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars experimental bliss 18 Mar 2007
By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hypnotic, dreamy, experimental, adventurous forays into sound like no other can produce. This is quite simply a visionary work that contains the marks of real genius. Enjoy in various states of consciousness.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is so little music this good 7 April 2009
By David O. Shantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I buy about ten CDs a week. I work at finding great music. The criteria is simple. Excite the senses. Banal retreads of stale grooves just don't cut much mustard. If you have a sophisticated audio palette, this music has got to be at the pinnacle.

Talk Talk's best, Roxy's Music's talent mixed with a unique sound and original arrangements. Stop reading and buy the recording.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TRENDING TOWARDS STYLISTIC TENDRILS 18 Sep 2007
By Hank Napkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
More so than the lovely "Snow", "Money for All" strikes this long time Sylvian listener as just a little more than a stylistic almagam that seeks to enfold a number of different currents within the current scene, and as such holds together just barely. Nothing wrong with that, but there's the sense of an undo level of reliance on the always remarkable character and presence of Sylvian's voice and some truly amazing production. There's still that persistent jazzy inflection that's been around since "Brilliant Trees" and the clearly powerful and conscientious lyrics so lacking in pretty much all vocal music these days, baby. These strengths are sadly offset by less convincing affectations in voicing and structure that, after several listenings, start to tilt towards novelty. So, long and short, since it's mostly remixes let's say that I'm happy that the experiments are being shared, but find myself still waiting for the real thing.
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