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He still weaves magic.........................,
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Mr Edwards astounds me, he has turned his hand to bluegrass, punk inspired songs and now a Wovenhand album that rocks, throughout. We have had glimpses from previous albums of course but none have been quite so consistently in your face as this album. What does strike me as significant is how he has allowed the music to take centre stage, previously ( I think another reviewer made a similar point) his vocals have been pre eminent on all albums, not so here.
This is the seventh release since he allowed the wonder that was 16 Horsepower to lay down, Nevertheless this album is as tension ridden as any of his previous offerings, his trademark I would suggest, which derives from his passion for his faith. And now instead of leaning towards folk driven melodies he launches into almost metal ..esque power chord driven music, and one consequence has been cranking up the tension and intensity and power of his message. It doesn't matter if the religious lyrical content isn't your bag, the passion the man exhibits must surely impress you, the power of the music may overwhelm you, the honesty is palpable and all wound up in a passionate outpouring that has never diminished on any of his albums. There is still a gothic tinge to the music, and as if to accentuate it he has chosen to release this album via the label Deathwish, who had this to say " Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Their sound is an organic, weavework of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds. All coming together as a vehicle for David's soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uplifting, Wovenhand are always unforgettable in spirit and sound."
It's a powerhouse of an album , that is almost impossible to pigeonhole in terms of genre; but in many ways, whilst in and of itself its a hugely enjoyable listen, it so much more resonant if you take a trip through their back catalogue to see how they got here.
I can't recommend it highly enough, album of the year( so far).