on 20 September 2012
My wife hates Woven Hand so I havn't heard this album much yet, I've played it in the car a couple of times, I find all the now 6 Woven Hand albums incredibly inspiring and uplifting. The fact that not everyone is going to get it is an affirmation of how special this work is.
The context of this music is more spiritual than religious and it has a context which needs to be understood and to be of relavance to you. Thematically it is fairly exclusively about a relationship with God, In the history of art in general this has allways been a major and once an. exclusive theme, The sincerity and inteligence of this music puts the timeless meditation on this topic into a completely new and intensely powerful medium . There is nothing else like this it is more than simple entertainment or another media commodity if you get it that's great if not I don't think it really matters . In my experience you'll either love Woven Hand and 16 Horsepower or you'll hate it like my wife does. To be honest I've never met anyone else who likes it but I am certain that if you do you'll buy this album anyway and like me you will be as inspired and uplifted as you have been by all the previous WH and 16HP output .
on 13 September 2012
What great new record form one of my all time favourite bands. So often in the past David Eugene Edwards new band Wovenhand have been very unlike his previous band 16 Horsepower, however here we have record which is more like them than any previous offering, that is not to say that this sounds like 16hp far from it it's just that this a more rocky guitar orientated record which to my mind is not a bad thing. The lyrics on most songs often have religous references Jehova, Elijah etc but this is rock music at it's very best. After several good records by Wovenhand this is outstanding in my book. If you like dark music like the Black Heart Procession, Swans and the like then you must get this, if Wovebhand are new to you, then this is the place to start and then spend a lot of time buying up their back catalogue along with that of 16hp
on 13 September 2012
The band has been expanded for The Laughing Stalk. There is now a keyboard player and an extra guitarist in the mix which makes for a fuller and mainly electric sound.
So,musically, a slight change in direction although I still wouldn't call it Stoner Rock.
Lyrically the same themes reappear. The same holy and unholy demons haunt the mind of Edwards.
As always the songs are excellent no doubt about it.
on 28 November 2012
I used to prefer 16 Horsepower over Wovenhand, but this is something else. Considering Mark Lanegan released an album this year for me to say best of the year must mean something. It's Gothic (in a good way), it gets me dancing (in a bad way), and I can't stop playing it. Not a bad track on it, and ... I don't know, words fail me, just listen to it and see.