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5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Stories : Travelling Mercies (For Troubled Paths), 3 Sep 2002
This review is from: Travelling Mercies (For Troubled Paths) (Audio CD)
Travelling Mercies (for troubled paths) is the debut, fill length album from the Australian born Toby Burkes ‘Horse Stories’. Named as a mark of respect after the classic ‘Dirty Three’ album ‘Horse Stories’. This album displays a fantastic influence and understanding towards modern Americana. Burke is the outsider mastering the trade.
The opening lyric, ‘When the day is gone and the night falls, she will too’ a vocal that almost feels Nick Drake, pierced through smoky acoustic guitar and a burning percussion. ‘I’m fading in and out like a radio on a country road’ from the track Radio, has mumbled vocals laced over soft percussion, guitar, harmonica and bass. This song tunes into exactly what the album has to offer. It is obvious here that Horse Stories isn’t run of the mill Americana. ‘In Her Time’, ‘Only Child’, ‘Arias Soul’ and more, all deliver original flavour to alt.country.
Closet Comparisons, Nick Drake, M Ward, Ryan Adams/Heartbreaker, Kelly Joe Phelps, Songs:Ohia and Elliot Smith.
Travelling Mercies is at its most comfortable when played on the open road. It belongs under country stars on peaceful summer nights. Admittedly, it takes more the one listen to fully appreciate the entire presence of Travelling Mercies, but when you get there, you realise its been one hell of a ride. Music after all, is a powerful thought. -G
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut & good live act too, 12 May 2003
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This review is from: Travelling Mercies (For Troubled Paths) (Audio CD)
Saw them live @ Tmesis Manchester and bought the album. Hadn't heard of them before but they seemed familiar as soon as I heard them. Influences of many people from Crowded House to Dylan (stange combo I know!) . . . . but it works.
Have played it 9 or 10 times now & still not bored with it.
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