ALBUM REVIEW: Changing Horses “The Nashville Sessions”

Label: Independent
Release Date: 26.10.2009

The UK music market is currently a breeding ground for 80s inspired electro and meaningful contemporary folk. Changing Horses, if they were to be so categorised, were without doubt fall in the latter. The Preston based duo, who have been labelled the British White Stripes, are far more than Jack White’s energetic drone and they are definitely not a copycat Mumford & Sons.

With pep and energy the comically inspired pairs debut EP “The Nashville Sessions” is distinct enough to break the staid mould of the current scene. Lead singer Richard Birtill has an angsty edge to his vocal that sits perfectly astride their buoyant but brief songs. In turn, multi-instrumentalist Francesca Cullen proves that musical ability enhances even the duller of moments

At their peak “I Don’t Need” is charmingly dismissive, but at times the angst overrides causing “Tom Brown School Days” to be somewhat of a disappointment. In a change of direction, the usually introspective duo go all Mika-esque of the daringly upbeat “Lets Go Dancing”.

From the deliciously dark “Till Death Do Us Part” through to the whirling sadness of “Cut All Strings”, Changing Horses never disappoint. An interesting break from the over-saturated scene, “The Nashville Sessions” is a strong introduction to a duo who deserve a place in your record collection.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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