Somewhat darker in nature than their debut, Fiction Plane’s sophomore release begins to show their progressive leanings. Still defying genre stereotype, the band exhibits exponential growth in the span of a mere four-song EP. Soulful, somber, and acidic, BITTER FORCES AND LAME RACE HORSES is an successful hybrid of alternative rock balladry and singer-songwriter affectation. Throughout, Sumner’s sober vocal delivery is accentuated by Dan Brown’s soaring piano/ bass work, Seton Daunt’s delicate guitar riffing, and new drummer Pete Wilhoit’s (Cutters, 3rd Man, Simon Rowe Trio) jazz-inspired skinsmanship.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Morton