Album review: FIVE HORSE JOHNSON – The Taking of Black Heart

Small Stone Records





The band have been going since 1995 and this album is their first since 2006 as they return from a hiatus. If you like your blues hard rock with a little stoner rock vibe this album will tick all your boxes. Their secret weapon is the harp playing of vocalist Eric Oblander. It complements the guitar and driving rhythm section perfectly as can be heard on ‘The Job’ or the superb ‘Mexico’. The band have also toured with Clucth and you can hear a little of that band in certain songs, most notably ‘Black Heart Baby’.

There is a little surprise on ‘You’re My Girl’ where Robin Zander of Cheap Trick fame guests and it sounds like a Black Crowes tune. Zander sounds perfect for this type of blues/hard rock tune.

The whole album is like a soundtrack to an imaginary western and titles like ‘Quick On The Trigger’ and ‘Shoot My Way Out’ only emphasize this more. Crank it up and enjoy!


Jason Ritchie

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Power Plays w/c 15 June 2015

ART OF ANARCHY Get On Down (Another Century)
4th LABYRINTH Take Me High (indie)
INACOMA Isn’t That True (indie)
CALM FOR THE RESTLESS Shadow Of A Man (indie)
DAMN DICE Driven (indie)
SOLEY MOURNING The Unmaking Of A Rational Mind (Saltdog Records)

Featured Albums w/c 15 June 2015

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12:00-13:00 SOLEY MOURNING The Rocket Pool (Saltdog Records)
14:00-16:00 WATKINS FAMILY HOUR – Watkins Family Hour (Thirty Tigers)

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