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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0000B18Z4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
New Zealand hasn't really gotten its due when it comes to pop music -- great bands like the Clean, the Bats and the Chills (and the recent Datsuns) have gotten respect, but not nearly enough listeners.

One of the best new bands from New Zealand is Goldenhorse. "Riverhead," their enchanting debut, is suspended somewhere between the Sugarcubes and the Sundays, with its mix of quirky rock and enchanting pop.

It opens with "Northern Lights," which opens with a tame little acoustic guitar line. When Kristin Morelle starts singing "lalalalala!", it sounds like this is going to be another generic indiepop number. But by halfway through the second stanza, the killer drumming and catchy guitar have kicked in in full.

They veer to other musical styles, such as country-flecked pop in "Maybe Tomorrow," some acoust-edged funk, ska, and smooth ballads. In the title song, there's even a hint of industrial-gothic darkness, punctuated by a heartbeat-like drum. "I wanted to tell you that I was dead/My hands were cold and my lips were bled/when I was in Riverhead..." intones the ghostly male vocals.

Okay, their moods swing from dismal to sunny -- a lot of bands do that on their debut album, as they try to find a sound that fits them. Goldenhorse actually do far better than most do, in that they can manage perky pop as well as dark material. It's a bit art-rock, a bit pop, a bit rock'n'roll, and this gifted band manages it all well.

Despite having a bassist and two jangly guitarists, you don't notice those instruments too much -- they blend in well, except for the faint buzzes and odd riff. Joel Wilton's drumming is a lot more prominent, ranging from rapid-fire and catchy to tribal beats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
New Zealand is all over the place now -- movies like "Lord of the Rings," tourism, and possibly music too. At least, if bands like Goldenhorse get their due. "Riverhead," their enchanting debut, is suspended somewhere between the Sugarcubes and the Sundays, with its mix of quirky rock and enchanting pop.

It opens with "Northern Lights," which opens with a tame little acoustic guitar line. When Kristin Morelle starts singing "lalalalala!", it sounds like this is going to be another generic indiepop number. But by halfway through the second stanza, the killer drumming and catchy guitar have kicked in in full.

They veer to other musical styles, such as country-flecked pop in "Maybe Tomorrow," some acoust-edged funk, ska, and smooth ballads. In the title song, there's even a hint of industrial-gothic darkness, punctuated by a heartbeat-like drum. "I wanted to tell you that I was dead/My hands were cold and my lips were bled/when I was in Riverhead..." intones the ghostly male vocals.

Okay, their moods swing from dismal to sunny -- a lot of bands do that on their debut album, as they try to find a sound that fits them. Goldenhorse actually do far better than most do, in that they can manage perky pop as well as dark material. It's a bit art-rock, a bit pop, a bit rock'n'roll, and this gifted band manages it all well.

Despite having a bassist and two jangly guitarists, you don't notice those instruments too much -- they blend in well, except for the faint buzzes and odd riff. Joel Wilton's drumming is a lot more prominent, ranging from rapid-fire and catchy to tribal beats. Laced with the odd electronic swoosh and keyboard, the sound is enchantingly layered and textured.

But then again, many a good band has been wrecked by a bad vocalist.
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If it were not for a friend of mine from New Zealand, I would'nt have heard of Goldenhorse. I am no expert, but I can tell a good band from a remarkable one. Goldenhorse certainly falls into the second category. They are truly a gem that has not been appreciated to its full merit. The album "Riverhead" is AMAZING!! Instead of one or two songs that stick out, at least three quarters of the tracks on this album are memorable. With slow and fast-paced songs, haunting vocals, and genuine melodies that are both cheerful and melancholic, "Riverhead" rises above everyday pop albums. Furthermore, the instrumental side of the music is impressive, ranging from driving rock to gentle pop effortlessly. I strongly reccomend this CD!!! It's the kind of music that makes you long for the end of the workday, so that you can go listen to it!
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By Charlie on December 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after becoming familiar with only one track (Track #1; Maybe Tomorrow), only to discover that ALL the tracks are as good if not better than this one. This is an excellent album and I would recommend to anyone. I'm not sure exactly what genre to put it into - probably mellow rock/pop. The lead singer is female and she has a great voice and all the songs have excellent melodic (is that a word?!) tunes.
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