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This review is from: NINE HORSES / MONEY FOR ALL (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.