Album Review: Horses & Hounds by Lanan Adcock


Album Name: Horses & Hounds
Artist: Lanan Adcock
Year/Label: 2008 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

This is another one of those CDs I’m finding very hard to write about. And once again, it’s not because I don’t like it, because I do. Very much, actually. But I have listened to it for months, probably 50 times in all and I keep thinking, ‘oh I must be almost done with this review’ then I look at my notes and I’ve written two things. It’s just one of those things that’s hard to describe, or explain. But I know I can’t just say, “I like it, it’s pretty” so here we go.

Lauren Adcock has a pure, gentle voice. It’s sort of quiet and even whispery at times. The vocals are mixed real echo-y; which gives this album a quality of both distant and intimate.

Several different listens brought up different comparisons for me so I’ll just list them. At times she reminds me of Tresspassers William, Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star.

The songwriting is interesting and melodic without being too mainstream. In fact, there’s a downright haunting vibe to many of these songs.

The songs that have proved stand outs for me are Sleeping Dogs, Tomorrrow When I’m Dying and Lullabye (sic.) But when I was giving it one final listen I picked out a few more. So instead of just listing each song, I’ll say the whole thing is good.

Track Listing
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart
2 Sleeping Dogs
3 I’ll Wait
4 Nights Like These
5 Power of the Word
6 Lullabye
7 I Shot a Man
8 Tomorrow, When I’m Dying
9 Spiders
10 The Waltz

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