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Black Horses—the fifth studio solo album from former Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin—reflects his deep love for film scores and soundtracks. The opening song, “Asha,” samples Bollywood starlet Asha Bhosle but carries trace elements of Swervedriver with a swirling maelstrom of post-shoegaze guitar noise and sublimely catchy melodies. “I Used to Live for Music” flirts with Ennio Morricone–inspired twang, the kind that used to pepper spaghetti western movies. But here Franklin’s confessional lyrics sing of losing his direction in the midst of adulthood. Franklin uses pieces of a Morricone-penned composition in “Passenger Train, Warped by the Rain” (which subtly recalls Swervedriver’s “Last Train to Satansville”). And in the airy “Boom!,” he shares writing credits with film composer John Berry. Franklin’s love for bygone soundtracks is more obvious in the selections where he eschews vocals altogether. In “Coda Code,” he lets gunslinger movie–inspired baritone guitar leads provide the melodies.

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AF/Bolts Best Yet

This seems an absurdly small price to pay for such an insanely great album, particularly since I will listen to it (as I have all of Adam Franklin's material) for years to come. While his three previous releases contained some classic tracks, I have to admit that to my ears they lacked a bit of continuity, and contained a few songs that I could have done without. Black Horses, however, had me rapt from its opener, the brilliant, powerful "Asha", all the way through to its melancholic closer, "Long Way Home". As others have stated, the album has a distinctive "soundtrack" feel that has become an Adam Franklin trademark of sorts, an "Boom!" is easily imagined as the opener of a James Bond film. Great songwriting and musicianship, as always, and it literally took me six or seven listens to "Asha" before I even cared to venture into the album's second track. $6.99??? I had $10 worth of music with "Asha" alone!

I'd walk a million miles to hear this album

^^^^ title says it all

Black Horses, Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody
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