16 Horsepower, Hoarse

Kurt Wolff

By Kurt Wolff

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Live record that fully captures this Denver group’s moody, spooky sound.

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.