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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Wand frontman was recorded at a home studio in Joshua Tree.
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  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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  1. Mojo
    Apr 20, 2021
    80
    Vibes, instrumental and psychic, are crucial to Angeles' reverberant keys or redemptive LP coda, Pigs. [Apr 2021, p.88]
  2. Apr 20, 2021
    80
    Hanson has imbued this LP with a thematic and musical cohesiveness that makes it the finest record of his career to date.
  3. Apr 20, 2021
    80
    Pale Horse Rider is lonely, lamenting, and distant but beautifully warm, marrying Hanson's love of psychedelic experimentation with a more cosmic take on country. It's more immediate than his sometimes-deranged earlier work, but never so straitlaced as to feel safe or predictable.
  4. Apr 21, 2021
    77
    Instead of wry irony or wallowing in hopeless abandon, Pale Horse Rider achieves something more like a fellow soul joining in on watching a fire in the distance.
  5. Apr 20, 2021
    75
    Pale Horse Rider was recorded out in the Mojave, and sounds like it—this is patient, languidly paced music, full of casual saloon-piano rolls and shooting-star pedal-steel sweeps (courtesy of Tyler Nuffer). But it’s a desert record where the glow of big-city lights can still be felt in the distance at night and the ominous hum of power lines infuses the air.