Q - 9/02, p.2003 stars out of 5
- "...Southern gothic lyrics coming in dusty flurries, yawning musical chasms of picked acoustics, banjos and strings. It's familiar, but immaculately done..."
Uncut - 10/02, p.1184 stars out of 5
- "...FOLKLORE reaffirms their status as masters of white heat smoulder...the songs are top-notch, plumbing the deepest wells of American country."
CMJ - 8/12/02, p.6
"...An earnest fusion of Appalachian gospel, lamenting country & western, dirty bluegrass and classic folk..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 9/02, p.94
"...a 'Christian rock' album with a serious hellhound on its trail."
16 Horsepower: David Eugene Edwards (vocals); Pascal Humbert, Jean-Yves Tola.
Recording information: Absinthe Studio, Denver, CO.
Unknown Contributor Role: Jean-Yves Tola.
Gothic alt-country trio 16 Horsepower delivered arguably their most powerful statement with the spellbinding FOLKLORE. David Eugene Edwards, Pascal Humbert, and Jean Yves Tola approach country music from a detached outsider perspective that incorporates unexpected influences like subtle Middle Eastern and European cabaret touches into the deep country roots of their chosen style. The results not only sound like an unearthed collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Johnny Cash; they make that sound like a really cool idea. The band's signature blend of cool Gallic archness and deep Americana heartbreak permeates the 10 songs, culminating in the pastoral "La Robe a Parasol." Other highlights include the plaintive opener "Hutterite Mile" and the yearning "Single Girl."