Folklore - 16 Horsepower
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. This is a landmark in the subgenre of alt-country goth
  2. The album marks the high point of an amazing band's amazing career.
  3. In an era when few can truly be said to be following their own unique aesthetic, Sixteen Horsepower continue to pad their resume as one of America’s greatest reinterpretors of the American folk tradition.
  4. Revealing itself slowly, like the mythic tales acknowledged by the album's title, Folklore is certainly Sixteen Horsepower's most stunning and accomplished work yet, and an easy nominee for one of 2002's best.
  5. Would most likely appeal to everyone from fans of Will Oldham and Palace Music to everyone who bought the recent Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and wanted to branch out a bit into some slightly (but still thematically similar) territory.
  6. 80
    Reaffirms their status as masters of white heat smoulder, turning down the amps but heightening the ravaged intensity.... A career high. [Oct 2002, p.119]
  7. The album crawls from the speakers like a stabbing victim and gives up a great moan; it's a difficult listen, but the rewards are great.
  8. 70
    A tad melodramatic at times, this remains a "Christian rock" album with a serious hellhound on its trail. [Sep 2002, p.94]
  9. Folklore has less of a sense of urgency than 16HP's previous recordings, but it seems to indicate the band is comfortable in its skin, albeit shifting around.
  10. It's familiar, but immaculately done, and by far the most focused work this band has managed thus far. [Sep 2002, p.100]
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ChrisD.
    Feb 23, 2006
    10
    16 Horsepower is simply amazing; David Eugene Edward's vocal abilities are hauntingly projected, just as the music behind his voice, creates an ambiance that has to be heard to be understood. Listen and you shall enjoy. Full Review »
  2. Apr 28, 2013
    10
    Folklore sets a standard few albums have matched since. David Eugene Edwards and the band put more soul and feeling Into the music than we have a right to hear. The album leaves you feeling like you just stepped out of a old western and truly is a work of art. David comes from a long history of playing and this album represents some of his best work. In his current band Woven Hand he has developed his creativity and talent even further and is truly one of the most under appreciated musicians in the American music scene. Full Review »