Drunk Horse

Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions

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Drunk Horse's second Man's Ruin album, Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions, is an interesting departure from the band's self-titled debut album of 1999. Drunk Horse was a reckless, ballsy, riff-oriented hard rock party album that drew on such late-'60s and early-'70s influences as the Rolling Stones, the Faces, and the Doors. Those influences haven't disappeared from Drunk Horse's music; however, Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions is more eccentric and experimental than its predecessor. The term "party album" doesn't really describe this CD. Drunk Horse still rocks passionately, and it still loves a good riff. But this time, the tunes are quirkier and more left of center. Elements of art rock and avant-garde rock find their way to some of the material. Does this experimentation and strangeness pay off? For the most part, yes. Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions is imperfect and mildly uneven; nonetheless, Drunk Horse's risk-taking is successful more often than not. For every idea that doesn't work, there are four or five that do. And while this CD isn't as accessible or as immediate as Drunk Horse's first album, it is definitely a creative step forward for the rockers.

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