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Hoarse

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American Wheeze
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Black Soul Choir
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Bad Moon Risin'
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Low Estate
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For Heaven's Sake
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Black Lung
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Horse Head
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South Pennsylvania Waltz
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Brimstone Rock
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Fire Spirit
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Day Of The Lords
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Kurt Wolff

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04.22.11
Live record that fully captures this Denver group’s moody, spooky sound.
2001 | Label: Checkered Past / The Orchard

Hailing from Denver, of all places, 16 Horsepower is led by David Eugene Edwards, who's clearly channeling Nick Cave as much as Flannery O'Connor. No problem there: Cave's dark, intense brooding is a natural match for the sort of backwoods-bred rhythms and stark stillhouse melodies that Edwards favors. Almost more so than their studio albums, this live record from 1998 is a full-bodied representation of the band's moody, spooky sound.

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Okay

retrojo

I love some of the songs on this album but in its entirety I found it boring and repetitive. It reminded me of bluegrass music in that once you've heard a couple of songs, they all begin to sound the same. Maybe it's an album that appeals more to men than women.

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Excellent

Jack67

Spooky, driven, death-bluegrass, I want more

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Damn good

crackedmachine

This is an intense set from 16 horsepower. A lot of darkness, but with a couple more upbeat moments, such as their stellar cover of Gun Club's "Fire Spirit". Highlights include "Black Soul Choir", "American Wheeze", "For Heaven's Sake", "Brimstone Rock", the Gun Club cover, and Joy Division's "Day of the Lords". Probably best to just download the whole thing.

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From the depths

web50

"You say you got a bone to pick, well, there's plenty showin on me. Come on up, yeah bring your temper boy - we'll see, we'll see." If this stuff doesn't move you or scare you (or both) check your pulse.

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wow. joy division.

mephisto

there are very very very few folks who have any business being anywhere near joy division songs. these guys actually pull it off. nicely.

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Underrated!

ronnie4

One of the best bands I've heard in a long time. Unfortunately, they'd already split up by that time. If it wasn't for the internet I would have missed out altogether. Some powerful music.

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Gothic funeral music

thelastleaf

The musicianship is good, as are many of the lyrics, but this is dark, brooding stuff. I can appreciate sad music (I'm a big fan of Elliott Smith), but listening to this record is like standing in the rain on a dark night.

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MeTooMeToo

KcNightshade

AAMen Pastor I love this brooding kind of music. Nick Cave brought me here. I love Emusic for things I would have never known exsisted. Much easier than listening to an alternative station hopeing to here something different.

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Can appreciate, but not enjoy

saw

Interest in Slim Cessna's Auto Club (a group I really do like) led me to 16 HP and this album, and while I can appreciate what they do on a cerebral level the whole thing leaves me cold. One of my few regrets in my 2 yrs of eMu dls.

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Hoarse

pastor

WOW! I love what 16 horsepower are doing. By the way, what are they doing? It is truely hybrid music but very well done. Intelligent lyrics and masterful playing as well as playful mastering of genreless music.

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They Say All Music Guide

Recorded in the band’s hometown of Denver during 1998′s Low Estate tour but not released until 2001, this live document of predominantly a single show is an accurate no-frills portrait of 16 Horsepower’s tough goth rock attack. Mixing songs from all three of the albums they had released at the time, with rare covers from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joy Division, and the Gun Club, lead singer/songwriter David Eugene Edwards is in fine form — howling, moaning, and battling his demons with an almost hypnotic intensity. Even more raw and incisive than on its studio releases, the band tears into these songs with manic precision and rugged ferocity. Obviously recorded without overdubs or studio tinkering, the 50-minute show is short by today’s standards. But the primal power and gut-wrenching emotion exuded on every track are not something that can be sustained over the long haul. They’re not joking when they title one of their songs “Brimstone Rock”; the dark religious imagery meshes with standup bass, drums, and two guitars (with Edwards’ occasional banjo and bandoneon) to create a torrent of sound. Similar to gospel, 16 Horsepower is unsettling live, where their drama and tension run thick, heavy, and uncut. The album skimps on liner notes, inexcusably omitting even the names of the band members from the package, and doesn’t include a book or pamphlet. But the passionate music speaks for itself, and this is the disc you’ll want after seeing 16 Horsepower tear up a stage in your town. – Hal Horowitz

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