Album – Beggarstown – Hollow Horse

Posted by admin on November 15th, 2005

This is the second album from the independent Scottish Goliath of a band, Hollow Horse. In the past few weeks, I’ve heard their music quite a few times on other podcasts and well deserved the recognition is too. This is well crafted songwriting at it’s finest. The opening track Forget the Girl is one that will drive you crazy with it’s catchy hook.

The whole album has a great balance and there isn’t a duff track amongst them. Particular standout tracks for me are the previously mentioned Forget the Girl, Wait, Love One Another and the title track Beggarstown, which is a reference to the bands home town of Glasgow in Scotland.

Whilst this is a great album, I have to admit I prefer the first one, but I can’t quite pin down why. One thing I do feel is the first album is slightly more raw, where Beggars Town is more produced. Don’t get me wrong, it’s such a minimal difference and each album has it’s own charm. In fact I think I’m somewhat in the minority, as the general consensus is that the second album is better, so what do I know 🙂

Conclusion : I’m seriously running short of superlatives to use for this band. At a time when well crafted songs, seem few a far between, it’s refreshing to have a band who’s complete albums stand up against the best of Squeeze, Crowded House and similar styled bands. If you want a CD that will stand the test of time in your car CD player or home stereo, go grab yourself a copy of this excellent album, not forgetting to also grab the bands first album ‘Five Year Diary’.

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