One of the year's best
With "...and the horse you rode in on" The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir more than fulfills the tremendous promise on display in 2007's self-titled debut. The songwriting is as sharp as ever, be it Smiths-worthy venom of "Stop" ("I hope you catch syphilis and die alone") or the bittersweet reminiscences of "Sixteen"the lyrics remain sharp, the big difference here is that the layered arrangements are even sharper this time around. The upbeat tracks bristle with a caffeinated energy while the multiple textures underscore the lovely melodies in the slower pieces. Overall, its the perfect record for the season; a mix of nostalgia and heartbreak; grey and rainy, with the arrangements providing beautiful bursts of color so that overall effect manages to be as simultaneously sad and uplifting as a fading fall afternoon.