Touche Amore
Dead Horse X


4.5
superb

Review

by Kurai USER (8 Reviews)
August 12th, 2019 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Touche Amore manage to successfully recapture the magic of the original songs without taking away their desired effect or replacing the original

Bands re recording old songs is nothing new, but to re record a whole album, yet alone one that is held in pretty high regard within its respective scene, is a pretty rare feat. There’s always some fear that the newer versions of the songs won’t live up to the originals. Luckily, on Dead Horse X, Touche Amore mostly manage to successfully recapture everything that made their debut album special and provide a more than worthy substitute to the seminal 'To The Beat Of A Dead Horse for the album's 10 year anniversary.

Due to not being able to remaster the album since the files have been lost, the band decided to re record the songs instead, allowing newer members Elliot Babin and Tyler Kirby to have a chance to play on the album and for the band to capture how they play the songs live. The production on the new versions of the songs sounds a lot crisper in comparison to the original without taking away any of the bite that made the album special to begin with. Jeremy Bolm's distinctive vocals sound as passionate and emotive as ever, showing that the band are once again putting 110% into everything. The songs overall feel they somehow have more energy than the original.

Some new touches to the songs improve on the original versions in some ways. The previously barely audible spoken word section in 'Cadence' is now performed with a difficult to miss shouted vocal approach, really adding to the overall vibes of the song and making it actually possible hear what Jeremy is supposed to be screaming. Likewise, additional guitars in the track 'Suckerfish' help the song feel more alive as opposed to the original which felt a bit empty in places.

The only real downside is that Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly's guest vocals on 'History Re***s Itself' don't sound quite as good as they did on the original version of the song. I’m not sure what it is, but they somehow sound a little less passionate in comparison to his delivery of the vocals on the original track. However, that’s a very minor nitpick in the grand scheme of things since the rest of this album is at least on par with the original. Jeffrey Eaton from Modern Life Is War's guest vocals on 'Always Running, Never Looking Back' don’t suffer like Rickly's and sound just as good as they did on the original track.

While this album doesn’t replace the original, it does manage to perfectly capture the essence of the songs and give them new life for the most part. Nothing that made the original Dead Horse the beloved album so beloved has been lost, and some of the songs have been improved in some areas, making this album a worthy listen from start to finish.



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ConcubinaryCode
August 12th 2019


4742 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking love this album.

XingKing
August 12th 2019


14765 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Borderline hate this. I'm not a huge fan of these guys but Dead Horse was always their best record for my taste and I feel like this just lacks the raw power of the original. The vocals sound terrible. The drums are mixed weird as hell, not that they sounded great on the original, but they fit. And so and so on. I'm happy for anyone who enjoys this new version though.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2019


56885 Comments


hmmm generally not a big fan of this sort of thing but will check

Wildcardbitchesss
August 12th 2019


3390 Comments


this is pretty much exactly how they sound live. It’s okay but I’m probably never gonna listen to it again. Original is much much better.

hazelnutsack
August 12th 2019


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This sounds better than the original if I’m being honest and taking off the nostalgia goggles, excellent review as well!

Butkuiss
August 12th 2019


4592 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Absolutely unnecessary, couldn't get into it. Went back and listened to the original tho and it still vibes.



Now if only they'd play Hipsterectomy again...

MELONADE13
August 12th 2019


133 Comments


idk what bolm is doing on this, half the time his vocals are overly enunciated absolutely no reason, and this era of the band just sounds way worse through the new era production. bleh

MELONADE13
August 12th 2019


133 Comments


and the line change in and it's happening is grossly cringeworthy, I understand why it was changed but c'mon man, shit doesn't sound good. doesn't fit

StarlessCore
August 12th 2019


6075 Comments


Trash af

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ianbisntdeadyet
August 12th 2019


427 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thank you for blessing this with a review thread so i didn't have to, i'm probably gonna bump the original down to a 4.5 because they made my least favorite tracks my new favorite ones lol. the dual guitar attack that builds up on "Throwing Copper" is menacing as fuck, plus you can actually understand the lyrics on every song here. this is a rerecording/remastering done RIGHT

Digging: Touche Amore - Dead Horse X

ianbisntdeadyet
August 12th 2019


427 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

but i agree, i wish they woulda at least left the ''because ian curtis has left me hanging" line in there because the "change" doesn't actually change anything lol, just takes away the somewhat tongue-in-cheek nature of it

MELONADE13
August 12th 2019


133 Comments


"plus you can actually understand the lyrics on every song here"

lmao pitiful criteria

Wildcardbitchesss
August 12th 2019


3390 Comments


[2]
Really glad I didn’t buy this

ianbisntdeadyet
August 12th 2019


427 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

on most albums, yes that would be typically expected. but in context to the original recordings (i.e. the bridge in "Cadence"), certain vocal lines were extremely hard to decipher on the original recording, so i'm just simply stating that there is a vast improvement on that front. it's not pitiful criteria if it's relative to the context of re-recording an album lol, that's why rerecordings/remasters exist in the first place; to improve on aspects that weren't fleshed out on the original, or am i mistaken?

ianbisntdeadyet
August 12th 2019


427 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

it's worth buying if you're a fan, but if you didn't like the original (or the band at all to begin with), trashing the rerecording makes essentially little to no sense

MELONADE13
August 12th 2019


133 Comments


lol I feel like I'm getting old

Wildcardbitchesss
August 12th 2019


3390 Comments


I love touche my guy but I just see no purpose in this

Wildcardbitchesss
August 12th 2019


3390 Comments


And I can’t even tell what the lyric change is? I know he dropped Morrissey and said Ian was dead instead of hanging

ianbisntdeadyet
August 12th 2019


427 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

he switched Morrissey with Wilco (which is kinda lame, but better than Morrissey i guess) and yeah that was the main one i noticed, but there a lot of simple lyric changes laden throughout that give the passages a better vocal flow (at least imo)

ianbisntdeadyet
August 12th 2019


427 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yeah this bumps, the best tracks from the original i can definitely see as being unnecessary (although hearing Honest Sleep re-recorded for the 1267th time could still never bother me), but the weaker tracks are undoubtedly perfected here. for anyone that's listened to both, what do you guys think of the re-recorded feature tracks (a la "Always Running, Never Looking Back" and the Classic™ "History Reshits itself) and other tracks that got a better production treatment like "Nine" and "Throwing Copper" ??? i will agree though, i feel like they could've done better with the new version of "Suckerfish," but the new version of "Swimming With Sharks" negates my feelings towards the new "Suckerfish" even though that's not really a proper criteria lol. i just love this album with all my heart, if my previous fanboy-laden comments haven't already made that obvious haha



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