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Gibbs, C. / Parade of Small Horses
Album:Parade of Small Horses Collection:General
Artist:Gibbs, C. Added:04/2005
Label:Dren Records 

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Add Date:2005-06-05 Pull Date:2005-08-07 
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Album Review
Peter
Reviewed 2005-05-31 
C. Gibbs - Parade of Small Horses – Dren Records
Reviewed by Peter on 5-31-2005

Country mixed with a hearty dose of rock. The sheet that came with the CD keeps bringing up Nick Cave and mentions Tom Waits. I can see some Cave in the lyrics and some of the darker twinges, but it’s certainly not as dark as Cave’s music. I didn’t get any real Waits-vibes. Songs consist of mid-range male-vox (usually solo) singing about a variety of pretty standard country/western subjects. Guitars are usually twangy/slidey in true country fashion. Smatterings of harmonica and other instruments throughout.
My favorite tracks were the more driving ones (5/9/11) which had the most energy and interesting guitar lines. My favorite track overall is 3 - nice example of the dark twinge; doesn’t drag; good energy attitude in lyrics.

1. 2:50 – Mid-tempo, steady beat. Soft, low male vox under both high and low guitar picking and clear harmonica – very western feel.
2. 3:56 – Up-tempo, trotting beat. Starts w/ harmonica and western guitar. Higher, more prominent male vox. Background saloonish piano and wailing guitar.
3. ** 4:41 – Mid-tempo, up-beat, dark twinge. Shuffling, rock drums. Male vox are both twangy (verse) and sweet (chorus). Nice, repetitive, dark guitar riff drives song.
4. 3:50 – Up-tempo, mellow track with male vocal harmonies prominent over melancholy country that turns more electronic and rockin’ in the bridge.
5. * 2:48 – Up-tempo, driving – quick percussion and fast guitar work. Even more high-energy (and electric) at the end.
6. 3:10 – Down-tempo title track with melancholy, airy guitar and vox. Song borders on pop, especially through piano and vox.
7. 3:20 – Mid-tempo, high, prominent country male vox, simple acoustic guitar line provides foundation.
8. 1:24 – Dark, haunting instrumental with glassy electric guitar line.
9. * 2:55 – Up-tempo, driving electric country-rock. Percussion and vox more rock while one guitar line slides around and the other picks quickly. Several voices singing near the end.
10. 3:34 – Mid-tempo, down-beat. Both twangy country guitar that drags a bit and lighter acoustic bluegrass guitar line.
11. *2:22 – Up-tempo, driving guitar line, shuffling percussion. Mid-range, male vox, even rise to a shout for a bit. Lil’ bit of harmonica as well. Nice energy.
12. 4:02 – Down-tempo, down-beat, slow, moonlit country serenade with strings. Pretty at times.

Track Listing
1.Ferdinand 7.Sorry Sade
2.Honeywell 8.Tiny Bridges
3.Devil's Water 9.Duplicate Machines
4.Two Dollar Ford 10.So Long Marie
5.Tenhorse 11.All State Union Song
6.Parade of Small Horses 12.Lonely on a Saturday Night