Stranded Horse, aka Yann Tambour, makes use of the kora, which is a 21-string bridge harp used primarily in Africa, ideal for making incredibly multi-layered sounds. The mixture of French and English vocals and intricate fretwork create beautiful melodies, and the use of strings also provides much needed depth to some of the tracks.

The kora gives the music an enigmatic and delicate edge, as does the leads' general mysterious air. The songs are slow and hypnotic, and the just-above-breaking tone of his voice carries the stories perfectly.

The surprise punch in all of this is a cover of Morrissey's 'What Difference Does It Make', which is far, far less annoying under Stranded's care. In fact it reveals further dexterity to their rich, nuanced sounds.

It's a very sophisticated and slow-moving album, melancholy and rich sounding, but there are flaws to such careful musicality: his voice is so soft it sometimes is in danger of melting away entirely. After the sweet opening track it becomes increasingly inaccessible. There's no real differentiation between the tracks, except for when they start into 'What Difference Does It Make', and build to a stunning crescendo at the end. This results in a lot of slightly depressing twiddlyness with no real substance.

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