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3.9 out of 5 stars
Refractory Obdurate
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VINE VOICEon 26 July 2014
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).
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on 1 May 2014
Well along comes the new album from Wovenhand and it's a cracker as always and as always it's just a little bit different from the previous records. Refactory Obdjurate is a harder rock edged album even than it's predecessor "The Laughing Stock" and contains many fine tracks. It hard to believe that this is semi religious music but if you are a fan like me this is another must. For instance "Refactory" kicks of like a couple of the tracks on LS but then gets an edge I love this
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on 10 June 2014
Much more of a rock album than their past ventures, but they seem to have matured into this well. Another great album from Wovenhand.
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on 1 June 2014
You'll either 'get' David Eugene Edwards' music or you won't.

If you do, you won't question the five stars.

If you don't, kindly move along.
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on 19 May 2014
For the belivers: buy with confidence.
For the unbelievers: it is time to listen.
Heavier on the electric guitars, voice a little more down in the mix. But David Eugene Edwards is still preaching the good and eclectic music. With songtitles like Good Sheperd, King David, Salomé, Field of Hedon and Masonic Youth he's clearly not forgotten where he's coming from.
There's magic and hypnotism in these songs. Convert to the wisdom that is Wovenhand.
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on 11 September 2014
Sorry read good things about these but but the record doesn't live up to that. Very disappointing
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