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"...the contrast between (the download) and the CD isn't subtle. Smith figuratively takes two giant steps toward the mic, whereby her voice takes on far more presence and dimensionality. Other instruments come through more clearly too. Compared to the CD, they're richer, airier and more detailed. The hi-res version of the album just feels more open overall, which is exactly what this adventurous material deserves." — Alan Taffel, The Absolute Sound, January 2016
On her 1975 debut, Smith was full of piss and vinegar, seriously interested in bringing together high art and low three-chord rock & roll. As a result, her free-form poetry meshes with covers of "Gloria" and "Land of a Thousand Dances," and the album centers on two long, highfalutin' pieces, including the three-part suite (warning! warning! art!) "Land." (The CD version appends a messy live take on The Who's "My Generation.") Led by Richard Sohl's piano, the arrangements don't exactly rock, and some of Smith's songwriting gets buried in its stylistic affectations (there's a great song under "Redondo Beach"'s fake reggae). But the point of Horses was Smith's persona of volume, cunning and exile, and it comes through distinctly.
|2. Redondo Beach|
|4. Free Money|
|6. Break It Up|