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(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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is the first DT album I have bought, and I have enjoyed it. It is, like others have written, an album that I have enjoyed listening to while driving , or being in a space... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Icelandic wanderer
Raw, rugged beauty through the ears of a distorted but pure trio of guitar, drums, and violin. It is the obvious equality of the latter that gives the group such a memorably unique... Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by IRate
To imply anything but an attenuated and meaningless connection b/w the Dead and the Dirty Three is to embody the very heights of pedantic stupidity. Read morePublished on July 16, 2007 by J. Billings
I bought this CD a few weeks before seeing the band live for the first time in their home city and have since listened to it dozens of times. Read morePublished on October 22, 2006 by Timothy Chmielewski
Few instrumental albums outside Miles Davis' electric period are as captivating and original from start to finish, and "Horse Stories" is the perfect snapshot of the Dirty Three in... Read morePublished on September 27, 2005 by loctgruv
The Dirty Three do something with music that can only be described as magical. I am truly fortunate that an amazing DJ by the name of Kim Sorise in Louisville, KY turned me on to... Read morePublished on June 5, 2005 by Vincent E. Pinnick
It screeches, it whispers, it is a musically unique expression of the most well worn sentiments of the human heart and mind. Read morePublished on March 28, 2002 by Starhead