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The new LP from The Men that I just reviewed left me feeling rather poorly about modern Neil Young influenced folk rock, and as if to reassure me that everything has its good and bad points I now have this Withered Hand album to review, and I'm finding it much more satisfying. In fairness, though Dan Willson draws much more from Scottish folk and indie in addition to the Americana-isms of that oth ...

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Horseshoe by Withered Hand
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 26 February 2014

The new LP from The Men that I just reviewed left me feeling rather poorly about modern Neil Young influenced folk rock, and as if to reassure me that everything has its good and bad points I now have this Withered Hand album to review, and I'm finding it much more satisfying. In fairness, though Dan Willson draws much more from Scottish folk and indie in addition to the Americana-isms of that other band, mixing his Neil Young influence with a casual warmth that brings to mind Teenage Fanclub and even latter day Dinosaur Jr in places.

The songs here all focus on Willson's vocals, high and cracked and eloquent, they magically skirt past annoying and go straight to charming in a way which suggests he has been studying Young and Mascis closely, although his lyrical flow is more reminiscent of John Darnielle or Cass McCombs. Even our resident post-it genie noncommittally concedes "Not bad I thought".

When he errs into slick and anthemic territory it can seem a bit Mumford & Sons-meets-Frightened Rabbit (there's a Frightened Rabbit somewhere on this album actually) which will probably divide opinions, and it's all pretty safe and Radio 6, but overall it's an undeniably well-crafted collection of heartfelt folk-rock songs with a rather widescreen production style which will stand up to repeated listens.


8/10 John Taylor Customer review, 21st March 2014

This is the first 7” single in support of the new album from Withered Hand called New Gods. It was released on gold vinyl and limited to 500 pieces. The color looks solid when you look at it but is somewhat translucent with a light behind the record. The record was released on Feb 10, 2014 or 25th of Feb depending on where you look. The A side of the single is called Horseshoe. It is mainly an acoustic based track with organ and piano floating in the back ground. The drums come off very big sounding and take over most of the track. The drums are simple but big. There is also electric guitar but it is kept simple to focus on the vocals. The vocals are the star of the show next to the big drum sound. It is a good song that I can get use to hearing quite frequently. The B side is called Not Another Sunny Day. This song starts off with the drums and the electric guitar. The drums are not nearly as big sounding as Horseshoe. This song is a bit more quieter. It is an easer song. The song reminds me of The Velvet Underground song called Who Loves The Sun, not musically but lyrically. That is one of my favorite songs from The Velvet Underground and this song sits well with me because of the link that I have made with the VU song.


9/10 ianmacdonald9 Customer review, 20th March 2014

Brilliant single, brilliant service and packaging. Makes me think of Laurel and Hardy boxing sequences. New album is great also well worth the wait.


9/10 ianmacdonald9 Customer review, 20th March 2014

Great single, great service and packaging. Love the new album as well. It was worth waiting for. Makes me think of Laurel and Hardy boxing sequences.


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