Review: Mo7s – Gift Horse

Artist: Mo7s
Album: Gift Horse (LISTEN)
Released: April 2016
Genre: Rock & Roll

Mo7s has been hard at work since the last time we checked in with them. The duo has worked on more original material to support key holdovers from its previous album, “Hate Mail from a Love Child,” and the end result is the focused, soulful “Gift Horse.”

In addition to updated versions of “Hate Mail…” staples “Pretty Good Year,” “Sweet Young Kid,” “Think of You,” and “Why,” “Gift Horse” features new tracks cut from a similar cloth. Vocalist Amy Tomaszewski’s low, vibrating alto is delivered effectively, and serves as a great complement to the bluesy emotion brought forth by Dave Lewis’ guitar work on tracks like album opener, “Next to You.” The pair teams up well again on “So Important,” delivering brooding vocal harmonies on an anthem written in opposition of society’s comparative nature.

Crisp vocal harmonies and strong guitar work are a signature of “Gift Horse,” and are again on-point on the album’s title track, a barn-burning rocker also featuring a blazing solo from Lewis. Each of those elements to Mo7s’ music translates just as well to the searching balladry of album closer, “State of Mind.”

On “Gift Horse,” Mo7s appears to have found its voice. With a strengthening reputation for great live shows and a defined musical direction, the band has an album that could very well lead to big things.

Track listing

  1. Next to You
  2. You Have the Power
  3. So Important
  4. Pretty Good Year
  5. I Still Love You
  6. Sweet Young Kid
  7. Gift Horse
  8. Think of You
  9. Why
  10. State of Mind

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