Faultline - Wild Horses/Biting Tongues
There will be a review of the re-released Faultline album in due course but, at this point, it's enough to say that it's a great album and that this version of The Rolling Stones' classic is one of its better songs, summarising the fractured sound of Your Love Means Everything in just over three-and-a-half minutes.
Wild Horses reputation as being one of The Rolling Stones' greatest songs is based on not only it being a genuinely wonderful song but that it caps one of their most creative periods. Its appearance on Sticky Fingers, released after the death of Brian Jones and the concerts in Hyde Park and Altamont, the song revealed the Stones as being shellshocked and numb to the horror and insanity around them. After the spooked rock of Beggar's Banquet and Let It Bleed but before the snake-hipped boogie of Exile On Main St., the Stones sounded weary and tired, as though, having survived the sixties, the band were simply exhausted.
The Faultline version captures this feeling from sounding as though it was recorded in hours, following a long night. The guitars ebb and flow through the mix whilst Joseph Arthur's voice sounds as though it had been marinated with whiskey over the previous hours. Although faithful to the original, this version has been mixed in with the chilled pop of the Faultline sound and is almost the equal of the Stones' reading.
Backed by Biting Tongues, Faultline offset the broken sound of Wild Horses with the bruised sexuality of Biting Tongues - a track that mixes the tainted desire of Tricky's Maxinquaye with the violence of Bomb The Bass' Clear. Taken together, these songs lose the innocence of Your Love Means Everything but point towards it being as great an album as anything produced this year.