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Though they're a small band--with only three members, that is--Australia's Dirty Three play music about big things. Are these songs really, as the title suggests, horse stories? (For that matter, was Ocean Songs really about the sea?) Well, the tunes don't gallop, or even canter. What they do is swirl and gouge and slope and crash, in part because guitarist Mick Turner has an impeccable sense of his instrument's mood-setting powers, in part because violinist Warren Ellis cuts through the air with long, thick-toned phrases, and in part because drummer Jim White holds the band together with sensitive, swishy percussion here and banging chaos there. This is proof positive of the jazz axiom that instruments can tell a story at least as well as language. And while this isn't equine stuff, generally, it's sure got the snort and the kick and the pull and the dogged strength of any four-legged wagon-pulling pal on earth. --Andrew Bartlett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1000 Miles
  2. Sue's Last Ride
  3. Hope
  4. I Remember A Time When Once You Used To Love Me
  5. At the Bar
  6. Red
  7. Warren's Lament
  8. Horse
  9. I Knew It Would Come To This


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019LR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. Curran on December 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Only a lucky few will have heard of this Australian phenomenon so if your reading this, consider yourself blessed and don't delay in securing yourself a copy of this incredible album. The Dirty Three is a ground-breaking instrumental group consisting mostly of violin, guitar and drums. Their music is haunting, melancholy and brooding. 'Horse Stories' is their most intense album. The tracks typically start out slow and melancholy and build up into an intense frenzy of the wildest most emotional violin playing you ever heard. Nick Cave fans may be familiar with this band as Warren Ellis has plays with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the Dirty Three have supported them on tour. All of their albums are brilliant and worth owning but if I had to pick my favorite, it would be Horse Stories.
(By the way, don't let the review below where thy are equated to the Grateful Dead put you off. As far as I'm concerned, that's complete nonsense, Dirty Three sound nothing like the Grateful Dead. I cannot stand the Greatful Dead but Dirty Three have become one of my favorite bands.)
And finally, if you ever get a chance to see them live, DON'T MISS IT! It's a truly unique experience.
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By A Customer on October 10, 1999
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This album means more to me than I can probably express. For a long time I preferred it over Ocean Songs, but then I realized that the concept behind the albums are different; Horse Stories is oriented towards each song, while Ocean Songs is only able to be comprehended as an entire album. (To this day, I still don't remember the names of the songs in the middle...) In any case, Horse Stories is incredible... each song is poingant and touching... from Hope's message of pain and redemption, to Sue's Last Ride, a story about suicide. Listen, absorb.
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Like all of The Dirty Three's recordings I really didn't like this record on first playing. Then one day it made me noitce it. Like the little boy or girl from the fifth grade that you suddenly fall in love with in high school, it just violently and suddenly blossoms out at you forcing you to notice what has actually been there all along.
These songs are faster than those included on their follow-up albums so the sadness doesn't hit you right away. However when it does it strikes you as the most intense, violent despair that ever crashed through your speakers and threatened at any time to become a palpable manifestation of itself.
This is epic tragedy converted to audio, this is the pain of existence. There is no real way to write about a Dirty Three album convincingly, there is just too much emotion on all of them to ever put into words.
This is the sound of the longing for the garden of eden at the moment we were kicked out of it. Like all great love affairs, if you give this reocrd time,the rewards are endless.
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This is my first Dirty three recording and I am enchanted by the melodies Dirty three bring out. There is alot of communication between these three and they have a very gentle way of bring there music to a climatic state of bliss. I am a huge Mogwai fan and I am glad I found the Dirty three.I feel they have A greater understanding of the true spirit of music. If you like soft guitar melodies, tight drumming, and hypnotic violin playing this is for you.
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Whoa.

That was my first thought upon finally getting around to throwing Horse Stories (my first Dirty Three album) into my stereo. I had heard some good things about these guys, and they struck me as a must for Godspeed You! Black Emperor fans, but I wasn't prepared for something this stirring, this unique, this...staggeringly brilliant. I think I'd even have to go so far as to call this my favorite post-rock album at the moment, as it seems to boast all of the genre's strengths with none of its weaknesses. The work of Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, while certainly quite pleasant, doesn't boast the dynamic range that this does, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor's output (with the exception of the Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP) has become a bit formulaic over the course of their career, generally feeling rather unfocused and meandering in comparison to the Dirty Three's dense wash of sound. The closet analog I can think of to the Dirty Three would actually have to be ex-fellow Touch and Go outfit Slint, partly in sound but more in terms of overall approach and songwriting ability--much as with Slint (especially their classic Spiderland), even at Horse Stories's quietest and most minimal moments there's always a sinister intensity lurking beneath the surface, and you can never be quite sure when it's going to explode.

Much as with Slint, everything here is a bit off-kilter--Warren Ellis's violin playing isn't exactly perfectly in tune; Mick Turner's guitar hardly ever plays any actual riffs, and Jim White's drumming doesn't keep too many straight beats--but that's all part of the album's messy, off-the-cuff charm. Unlike with many post-rock bands (and most bands period, come to think of it) the whole in this case is much more than the sum of its parts.
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By A Customer on May 6, 1998
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Dirty Three pack more emotion into a single song than most albums do. This album is incredible...it swings from delicate love songs to grinding, weeping, tragic stories of loss. And all without words....only violin, drum, and sparse guitar. This is one of the finest albums I've ever heard.
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