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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B001HQJYTO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

A large and daring leap away from her dance and rock solo roots, Kelli Ali discovers medieval folk on her latest and third album, Rocking Horse. Vocally, this has to be Ali's finest moment yet and a far cry from her aggressive stance of yesteryear with trip hop/ rock band Sneaker Pimps (Becoming X, Spin, Spin, Sugar).

To truly enjoy this LP you must first shake off connotations of T-mobile hold music or generic 'girl and guitar' pop (cue Katie Melua, Adele, Duffy). Listen a little harder and you'll unearth a haunting vocal, complimented by beautiful, simple instrumentation.

Opener Dancing Bears (the T-mobile-esque number) is bound to fly high on the waves of radio and may be pleasant on the average Joe's ear but Ali has far better up her sleeve than this easy listener. One Day At A Time is next up and swiftly blows its predecessor away. Magical and eerie, Ali's vocal is faultless as it wavers above a simple guitar and sensitive chords.

Another massive standout has to be Heavens Door. With its dazzling, catchy, feel-good melody and contrasting, melancholy lyrics, this could easily become a top ten contender.

Inspired by Kelli Ali's "nomadic" journey across California and Mexico, Rocking Horse has clear undertones of self-discovery, spirituality and adventure. Urique, for instance, (penned in a Mexican canyon after Ali hitched a ride with a meth-addicted trucker) opens with the lyrics: "Losing your way is easy/ Can't see the road through the trees/ I don't mind if you're lost too/ Take my hand/ We'll be lost together". Don't let all that emotion scare you away though. There's enough beautiful music (courtesy of traditional instruments like the cello, viola and flute) to woo even the hardiest soul --Elle J Small

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Format: Audio CD
On holiday in Northern Spain in 2008 a friend had brought their i-pod which happened to have a copy of Becoming X on. It had been 10 years since I last heard it and it brought back great memories. The music is unforgettable and more so because of Kelli Ali's voice. It was all the more dramatic because of the mountains outside and an electrical storm.

Decided to do some research and found out Kelli had just recorded and released Rocking Horse.

It has restored my jaded faith in music and would highly recommend it.

How would I describe the music and Kellis' voice - haunting, strange, enigmatic I could go on but the only way to experience it is to listen to the album yourself you will not be disappointed.

Alba
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I have had this CD for two weeks now and have played it at least 20 times.A very mellow disc with subtle but varied music,good songs and Kelli's wonderful voice.A gentle classic that keeps growing with every listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another enchanting album from Kelli Ali 3 Dec. 2008
By Steven Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am very taken with Rocking Horse, as much as I was with Tigermouth and Pyschic Cat, Kelli Ali's other albums. I only got this CD this week and I've been listening to it quite a lot of the last few days.
I think Ms Ali's songwriting skills continue to grow and her singing, as always, very attractive and expressive. I hope that this album does well, because it deserves to.
I will write more a little later...

Okay, this is a SUPERB album. It is like a collection of Lieder, performed by a chamber music group. Charlotte Gainsbourg did something similar with her very enchanting album, "5:55", and Alison Goldfrapp's "Seventh Tree" ventured, less successfully, I'm afraid to say, into similar teritory.
What is so good about Kelli's album is the feeling of an integral performance - a singer working with a group of acoustic musicians. It all comes together in a very effective and powerful way. You won't hear this music in clubs, unless they are very adventurous clubs, but I think this is the sort of music musicians and singers will want to hear and perform in years to come.

If you've bought "Tigermouth" and "Psychic Cat" (shame on you, if you haven't! ;-) - they are excellent albums), then you will be in for a very pleasant and delightful surprise. Ms Kelli Ali has demonstrated, in a very credible and convincing way, that she is a powerful and important Pop artist in our time. I only hope that Ms Ali tours this album as far as Australia, where I am!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quelli 16 Feb. 2009
By doomsdayer520 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kelli Ali is known for her uniquely sassy and sweet singing voice, but since her brief stardom with Sneaker Pimps her solo career has been pretty directionless, with her great voice wasted on weak synth pop and pseudo-dance. With this quiet and introspective album Kelli has rejected the sounds of her two previous solo albums and adopted an airy acoustic folk muse, finally finding a style that can bring out her greatest vocal talents. The songs here are free of gimmicks and mostly rely on acoustic guitar, woodwinds, and strings, and Kelli's voice is finally in front of the music where it belongs.

The low-key musical accompaniment, not to mention some strong poetic lyrics, result in some truly beautiful and haunting songs like "One Day at a Time," "Rocking Horse," and the album's big winner "Flowers," while there is a real surprise in the wordless vocalizations of "The Kiss." But while Kelli's personal songwriting skills seem to be maturing, there is still some trouble here with execution. More simplistic tracks like "Urique" and "September Sky" never quite get off the ground, and otherwise successful tracks like "Water Under the Bridge" and "What to Do" build some drama but then end abruptly without fulfilling conclusions. Also, while Kelli is singing with great emotion throughout the album, she sacrifices some grit and authority for a general dependence on her higher and more whispery register. It's hard to say if Kelli will settle into the folk groove after some previous musical dead-ends, but this album finally gets her on the right track, with a great display of her most obvious talents. [~doomsdayer520~]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album 8 July 2010
By New Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kelli Ali is a true punk! She does what she wants!
When everyone expected a trip-hop album, she went pop with Tigermouth.
And Psychic Cat shows how spontaneous she is and how she is willing to try different things.

Rocking Horse is my favorite Kelli Ali album. It is an acoustic album mostly, with some flutes and strings. The concept is awesome too - the balance of light and darkness. "Rocking Horse" is a kool, frantic song, very dark.
"Flowers" is a haunting song, and "The Kiss" is kool too.
The whole album is amazing. Just don't expect another electronic album.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love her... 18 Jan. 2009
By Montie J. Carrico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
She's one of the few musicians around that I always await anxiously for new material. This album is beautiful. Drawing from sounds and concepts of psychedelica. Truely wonderful and highly enlightening. Her voice is so Incredable and the songwriting so thoughtful and Imaginary. It will bring light into your life.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice listening 9 Aug. 2010
By L. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is very easy on the ears. I listened while relaxing at home. Such a lovely voice, and the lyrics remind me of times and experiences in my life. I'm enjoying it muchly.
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