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Wovenhand – “Threshingfloor, The” – [Sounds Familyre]

The burnished baritone, the minor key shadows, to me it seems as though
David Eugene Edwards is working in the same woods as M. Gira these
days. Thus the cross on Edwards’ back may be hewn of mahogany, the dark
polish shines brightest on the production of this Threshingfloor.
His voice already full of throat, is often multi-tracked to stack up
the gravitas. If this is evangelical rock, I expect Jesus to come
forth with charcoal under his eyes, his old crown of thorns wrapped
now around his knuckles and issuing the sort of war whoops found on
this album. Edwards’ message might be if you can’t stand the heat,
steer clear of the Threshingfloor. The anger here seems to be
barely tempered, so despite sweeping cello, flocks of flute on
“Terre Haute”, even a New Order cover, at the heart of this album
it the fire in Edwards’ soul that persists. That and the ringing twelve
strings of an acoustic apocalypse. Oh well, even after Ezekiel’s
wheel leaves me and the rest of the chaff in the aftermath, I’ll
still dig the all too short slow-mo keyboard instro “Wheatstraw”

-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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