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…and the horse you rode in on

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You Go Together
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Stop!
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One Night Stand
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Something's Happening
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I Pretend She's You
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Hope is Still on Your Side
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Libertyville or Somewhere
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Sixteen is Too Young
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Praying is a Heartache
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Save Your Breath
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Castles of Wales
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Ogilvie Station
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…And the Horse You Rode in On
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Tear Down the Opera House
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Well I Wouldn't
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 43:16

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One of the year's best

ceguru

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.

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Babies-era Pulp

xmark

I'm fairly sure the vocal line in track five actually is Babies

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A superfun revenge album!

ptolemyclark

I really loved Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's self-titled album from two years ago. This one is a little less Belle & Sebastian (which the other one was HEAVILY) and a bit more all over the place. That is not a bad thing. The lead off track "Stop" (which I think would've fit better later in the tracklist) is also the first single (also a strange choice for the first single) reminds me of Michael Caine's drunken breakdown in Little Voice, but on the other hand it really sets the stage for the general theme of the album...a gloriously fun middle finger straight up in the face of those who have wronged him.

They Say All Music Guide

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir seem to have been making an effort to rough up their sweet, twee pop sound over the course of the past few years, and they’ve only turned up the edginess on their third album, 2009’s …And the Horse You Rode In On. Nowhere is it more evident than on …And the Horse’s second track, “Stop!,” which boasts the comically bilious first line, “I hope that you catch syphilis and die alone.” It’s the kind of thing worthy of a vaudevillian, cabaret-style band like the Tigerlillies; unfortunately, the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir are not the Tigerlillies. Up until now at least, they’ve been a sweet indie pop act, something like the Pocketbooks, or maybe even the Math and Physics Club, only with a little more bite; so the black humor and vulgarity that riddles this album is a little confusing, to say the least. It seems like the Choir are striving to make heavily narrative indie pop that’s tender, tough, and funny, something along the lines of Belle and Sebastian.Unfortunately, there’s very little real tenderness here, the toughness often comes off as mean-spirited (or, at times, just plain awkward), and none of it is very funny. Part of the problem has to do with …And the Horse’s narrative, which revolves around a recently jilted young guy; whether it’s weak writing or vocalist Elia Einhorn’s rough-edged delivery, the main character often comes across as too melodramatic to be likeable. The other problem is that there are a few moments where the Choir’s dark-yet-sugary approach actually works, and these moments only serve to underscore the album’s shortcomings. “Sixteen Is Too Young” and “Something’s Happening” offer an example of …And the Horse at its bittersweet best – they’re a good balance of sweet vocals, quaint instrumentation, and gently biting lyrics. Sadly, moments like this aren’t enough to make the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir’s third album much more than passable. Newcomers would be well served to stick to the band’s earlier work. – Margaret Reges

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