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Woven Hand


Prog Folk

3.23 | 14 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

After a somewhat deceiving Ten Stones album, I expected DEE to rebound with a more stunning comeback in the more-medieval style of Mosaic, but unfortunately, it isn't so, despite an outstanding but all-too promising artwork. No that Threshingfloor (whatever that means) is a bad album at all, I actually prefer it to Ten Stones and it certainly doesn't differ much from the typical Woven Hand sound, thus making that fantastic Mosaic album a sort of UFO in the project's discography. Indeed DEE gives us another batch of that electric folk rock mixed with some that alternative rock that still pervades from his 16 Horsepower days. Remaining in the group is the ever-present Ordy Garrison on drums; but the bass is held by newcomer Pascal Humbert, who actually co-writes one track, Singing Grass, on which he plays a bowed contrabass, which is certainly one of the album's highlights.

Definitely stranger, but nothing shocking, is a cover of New Order's Truth track, where Garrison uses a more mechanical style of drumming, in order to catch that early 80's feel without sounding like the original crappy stuff. Elsewhere there is a small folky flute in the Terre Haute track that brings a fresh little extra on top of the business-as-usual WH sound. The slower- paced Orchard Gate is another good point, After the short Floyd-like interlude of Wheatstraw, the album closes weakly on the album-low Denver City, a sort of 60's parody or pastiche. Overall, another decent album of a band that can't seem to regain its moment of progressive brilliance it had reached with mosaic, but by all means Threshing floor is anything but a bad album, but it does get a bit lost in the shuffle of the WH/16HP deckof tarot cards.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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