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Dark Horse (Paul Laine) - 2014 Let It Ride

ARTIST: Dark Horse (Paul Laine)
ALBUM: Let It Ride
LABEL: Fuel The Jet Records
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Paul Laine - vocals, guitars * Steve Ohe - guitars * Jason Bonnell - bass * John Stoltz - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Were The One I Waited For * 02 Better Days * 03 I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World * 04 Goodbye * 05 In The Country * 06 Heaven Tonight * 07 Strong * 08 Nowhere Fast * 09 What She Meant To Me * 10 Let It Ride



A fringe contender for GDM is Vancouver based Dark Horse. Formed in 2012, this country rock outfit gets an entry here thanks to Paul Laine, well known as the former Danger Danger front-man, as well as a significant solo career ('Dorianna' anyone?). It's hard not to come away with the impression that much of the generic Nashville songwriting pen has inked off with Dark Horse. It's very commercial, with a hint of Rascal Flatts, Mitch Malloy and Bon Jovi circa their 'Lost Highway' album running through its grooves. It must be said that Canada has always had a strong presence in that country rock crossover genre, thanks to its prairie roots mostly, though I'm sure there are many cowboys with stetsons living in Vancouver.

The Songs
Dark Horse stride into gear as early as track one: 'You Were The One I Waited For', an upbeat feel-good tune that'll get the toes tapping amid the rampant country rock melodia. Other boisterous rockers include the excellent pairing of 'I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World' and further down the track order: 'Nowhere Fast', which is probably the rockiest tune here, if you could call it that. There are three ballads here.. 'Goodbye', 'Strong' (which could be termed a power-ballad) and the rather lovely but mellow 'What She Meant To Me', evoking memories of 80's era Poco. Viewers can get a better appreciation of Dark Horse through their song 'In The Country', see the video below.

In Summary
To be honest, Dark Horse isn't as twangy as I expected it to be. 'Let It Ride' has a fair degree of 'rock' within. Paul Laine's pedigree in melodic rock is already assured, and if he continues to raise the bar going down the county rock path, then he may be assured of achieving success in that genre too. Just make sure that when listening to this, you have all the country attire slapped on, to make it seem like a genuine country experience. Yee haw!

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#1 | gdazegod on May 19 2014 09:44:02
Dark Horse - 2014 In The Country
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#2 | jeffrey343 on May 20 2014 17:39:54
I gave this a listen on Rhapsody, and it is quite good stuff! This sounds like what I was listening to around 10 - 20 years ago. A little rockier than much of it, though - which I prefer, as I can take only so much "twang". Good guitar solos too. Hard to believe this is the same guy who sang on those 90's Danger Danger albums.
#3 | Explorer on May 22 2014 22:15:30
What I've heard so far, I'm liking very much, as you say Paul Laine has a real pedigree and this seems to add to his already impressive CV.
#4 | Jez on February 02 2016 13:06:24
Paul Laine' new project of melodic rock served up with a country 'twang'...or is it country 'twang' served up with a melodic rock edge?. No matters, its great with great songs, so just listen to it
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