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V is feeling nostalgic today. Just one month shy of their one year anniversary of the release of Haunted Horse: Songs of Love, Defiance & Delusion, Neon Horse has been on the mind. This is the best band you most likely haven’t heard of. Here is my retro review, a look back at an amazing album that if you haven’t checked out yet, you should remedy that immediately.

The Horse has returned, and Norman is back to his old tricks. Norman is a patient man, but the Neon Horse devoted fanatics were anxious, wondering if the gritty rock and roll troupe would return. Fans prayed that Norman wouldn’t ride off into the sunset after one album. After a two year wait, the mystery that is Neon Horse is back, and loyal followers have been rewarded for their patience with an album that reminds us why we fell in love with them. And then some.
The basic format is very familiar to fans of their debut album. Out of ten tracks only three of them are over 3 minutes in length, but don’t think just because Haunted Horse is short you’ll be changing your iPod anytime soon. Catchy choruses, aggressive guitar riffs and their mysterious sound will keep you listening over
and over. Haunted Horse begins with the fast-paced When Daddy Gets Home, featuring the two unique voices that separate Neon Horse from other pure rock groups. The lead vocalist, known only as Norman, kicks it off with his signature grainy, almost menacing tone. The chorus brings back his melodic, yet still haunting voice over the harsh tones of pure, uninhibited rock. The lyrics are poignant and yet they can seem like pure nonsense. “You’ll be the Queen of Sheba / I’ll be Genghis Chaka Khan / You’ll be the wickedest witch / I’ll be the big bad Don Juan / But who you gonna believe / when daddy gets home.” Hidden in these cryptic lyrics is a
question we all have faced…at the end of the day, what do you believe in? The tempo stays strong with the first single Strange Town. Electronic moans add an ethereal sound to the aggressive vocals and steady drums. Yer
Busy Little Beehive follows, which is a shock to your system. The upbeat energetic sounds of the previous songs fade, replaced with sustained synth chords, piano riffs and the harsh, devious voice Neon Horse has become known for. Although this is a completely different sound compared to the rest of the album, this song
stands alone and puts their creativity and musical ingenuity on display. Some Folks is another highlight track, featuring a strong bass line that will make you bob your head to the beat. Dealing with the problems of confusion and who to believe in this strange world, Some Folks has the positive message to follow your own
voice. Cell-O-Phone showcases the incredible vocal range of Neon Horse, utilizing a strong falsetto during the verses. Chain Gang, Bang Bang brings back the fast paced tempo with a big band sound. “Everybody sing along, boo hoo / The night is young the day is long feed the choo-choo / Swing the pick and shake the bombs
tick-tock cuckoo / Everybody sing along swing boom, swing boom.” This is a toe-tapping song that you will never tire of. The heavy synth sound returns with Comin’ Up Theventh, a slower tribute to an old-fashioned 80’s sound. The album ends on a high note with I Don’t Need Anything, touting a message that reminds us to stray from materialism with a steady rock groove.
Fans of Neon Horse’s debut album will be ecstatic with the familiar sound and an added polish. In the rock world there are few bands who dare to be so unforgivably unique. Neon Horse is refreshingly contagious in a music world of monotony. The Horse has returned with a vengeance.

Hope you enjoyed that look back. Just a friendly reminder, get Children 18:3 tomorrow! V will return to review their album, so check back soon.