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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sounds Familyre
  • ASIN: B001CTUI0K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Beautiful Axe
  2. Horsetail
  3. Not One Stone
  4. Cohawkin Road
  5. Iron Feather
  6. White Knuckle Grip
  7. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
  8. Kicking Bird
  9. Kingdom of Ice
  10. His Loyal Love

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BBC Review

Since 2002, guitarist and vocalist David Eugene Edwards (late of alt-country outfit 16 Horsepower) has been operating as Wovenhand. Rattling with command and vigour right from the off, perhaps more than ever the alt-country linkage is something of a misnomer as the dominant force throughout their fourth album proper is a skewed assemblage of experimental austerity, electric folk ambience and an almost old-fashioned brooding rock, brimming with strength and passion.

Throbbing at the centre of this remarkable music sits Edwards' booming voice, like some kind of dynamo from which all manner of raw and unpredictable energies spin off to electrify and entrance.

Often shouting out his words like a demented snake-oil preacher, the lyrics are suffused with enigmatic imagery, religious symbolism and a grim deadpan focus that the likes of Jim Morrison, Nick Cave and Ian McCulloch have all channelled.

The brute force of The Beautiful Axe, whose stirring chorus, ''Joy has come, is risen with the sun! beautiful the axe that flies at me'', radiates a defiant grandeur that exceeds the low-leaning, grit-filled production.

Serious stuff, for sure, although the inclusion of Jobim's Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars suggested they don't take themselves too seriously. This bossa-nova staple is laced with woozy mellotron and given an ambiguous tonality that wrenches the song from its usual reverie into the darker, malice-filled David Lynch-like twilight of unease.

Kingdom Of Ice throbs with hurdy-gurdy drones and Pascal Humbert's charged arco-acoustic bass stokes the machine with grease and gravel in equal measure. Kicking Bird pounds away with like the kind of Bo-Diddley-on-speed vibe that U2 could only dream about.

Ten Stones is not so much a bunch of songs as a series of reckonings with past ghosts and inner demons; a death-match confrontation framed inside a corral of crashing guitars and mountainous drums that slam against each other with titanic intent. Raw, uncompromising and visionary, this is magnificent rock music striking out from the sea of mediocrity that is much of the indie rock scene these days. An essential must-hear/must-have record, Wovenhand creates powerful, potent and thrilling waves. --Sid Smith

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This is not a catchy record, rather an infectious one. These Ten Stones seem more like more like Ten Commandments. The ten tracks are primal, part-folk, part-righteous sermon (for he is a religious fellow), delivered from a seeming alter made of rock. There are also heavy alt. country influences, and the shuffling percussion of "Cohawkin Road" recalls those alt. country stalwarts Calexico. Folky features arrive in the form of the banjo, and the accordion, which appears in "White Knuckle Grip", the spoken-shout vocals in which recall Nick Cave, circa the "Abattoir Blues" half of Abattoir Blues/the Lyre of Orpheus: Limited Edition.

The record is actually an inventive indie rock one, and in being so shames most of that turgid scene. The wide-eyed, fanatic delivery is quite unnerving in parts and peaks in "Kingdom Of Ice" where Edwards (formally of 16 Horsepower) yells forth the "Flames of Akira and his kingdom of ice!" to disturbing effect. The final track reminds me that there is not one duff track on the album, rather just two or three respites in the sound of quieter, but no less intense tracks. The rest bubble and brood like the early "Horsetail".

A near indispensable album, creative and exciting - I for one am willing to convert to his church.
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I got this Woven Hands 4th album today and I've played it twice in the car. It is realy quite heavy in a good way and has a much fuller sound that the previous 3 albums. It has nine absolutely brilliant songs on it, I could not begin to describe how much I love them allready, this is the best WH record so far by far, which considering the absolute greatness of all WH previous output is saying something. there is also one cover of a realy awful song (in my opinion) maybe I'll get it later but it seems realy out of place to me now.
I absolutely love Woven Hand this music is compleatly unique and in a field and a class of it's own, if there is anyone else producing music as great and as moving and meaningfull as this I'd love to hear them
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Excellent CD!
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