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Dark Horse

by Eric Himan

"The theme of limitless love, strength and resiliency is matched only by his voice which sounds like honeyed chamomile. He's an indy rocker, a charasmatic one who knows exactly what words to sing to put your heart on fire."- In The Mix
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Habit/Curse
3:22 $0.99
2. Have Me
2:57 $0.99
3. Clyde
3:30 $0.99
4. White Horse
3:11 $0.99
5. Holding Back the Years
3:58 $0.99
6. Aimlessness
3:13 $0.99
7. Stranded
4:08 $0.99
8. Listen
3:35 $0.99
9. Throw Away the Past
3:49 $0.99
10. Brown Fog
5:48 $0.99
11. Weave
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
By Larry Dean Harris

For every decade, there's a guy with a guitar who embodies the spirit, romance and rebellion of youth. From Elvis to Springsteen to Prince to Cobain, these iconic figures have a way of channeling the collective voice of a generation both screaming and quietly pleading to be heard.

While it may be premature to elevate Eric Himan to the Mount Rushmore of pop icons, he's proving that he has the mettle to make the climb.

Himan burst onto the indie music scene at the beginning of this decade, acoustic guitar blazing, soulful baritone wailing. With a voice like Cat Stevens, inked arms that out-sleeve Tommy Lee and a guitar style akin to fellow indie artist Ani DiFranco, he was a young man on a mission.

That mission began in coffee houses around Penn State University, where Himan was a student, and culminated in the 2000 release of his first CD, Eric Himan. The stripped-down, acoustic recording was originally crafted as an audience keepsake, but it became his calling card as the music was shared. And the word was spread.

From the very beginning, Himan broke the mold of the soft-spoken, earnest folk troubadour. His performances were filled with electricity and power, but his lyrics betrayed a vulnerability and sadness that sharply contrasted with his bad boy appearance. The combination proved irresistible to audiences.

Himan slowly began expanding his sphere of influence, touring the region while carrying a full course load at Penn State. As demand for his CD grew, Thumbcrown Records (christened for the crown tattoo on his right thumb) was born.

Extensive touring became a catalyst for extensive writing and experimentation with other musical genres. The folk, rock, blues and even jazz influences of his youth (courtesy of his guitar playing father, who fed him a steady diet of Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Richie Havens and the Beatles) came into play.

The result was I Go On (September 2002), which brought Himan to national attention through magazine coverage and made him a favorite on the NACA circuit. After graduating, Himan hit the road full time, playing colleges, pride events, "anywhere people would listen," he laughs.

Local papers documented his travels, and AAA radio began playing tracks from I Go On. The more Himan toured, the more CDs he sold. The plan was working. So when it came time to record #3, he reassembled his studio team for what would become All For Show.

This indie release sold 1000 copies in its first month and caught the attention of Borders Books, which booked Himan for in-store appearances nationwide. Next came his distinction as a Fender endorsed artist by the legendary guitar maker.

Just recently, Himan was tapped to join industry heavyweights like Christina Aguilera, Melissa Etheridge, Pink and the Dixie Chicks, on "Love Rocks", a 2-CD compilation produced by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. For Himan, it's a harmonic convergence of music, message and audience. And the exposure is sure to generate even greater awareness and interest in his songs.

On all his releases, Himan uses his music to address difficult topics: date rape, the death penalty, family acceptance and, of course, the complexities and pain of relationships: all poignantly told from a first-person perspective.

Now, with his 2005 release, Darkhorse, Himan has crafted a record that shows his growth as a singer/songwriter, enhanced by studio production that truly reflects the caliber of his music.

The eleven tracks offer the same brand of brutal-yet-poetic honesty that has become his trademark, while Himan continues to explore musical genres, aided by a group of top-notch musicians and engineers. Dark Horse is the most expensive record twentysomething Himan has ever made, but it's a gamble that is sure to pay off.

Because no other artist looks OR sounds like Eric Himan: rough trade on the outside, gentle soul of a poet on the inside ad voice of a new generation all around.



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William S.

This album is on my perfect list. Which I can tell you is very sparse in numbers. I loved every song on the first listen through. Amazing artist! Hot as well!


I love this cd! Each song tells a story anyone could relate too. Yes Eric is very cute but his talent is so beyond that. Buy the cd today!

Larry Dean Harris

The Perfect Summer CD
"Dark Horse" may well be the perfect soundtrack for summer. It's the kind of CD that makes you want to put the top down, turn up the stereo, and head for the beach. Not that this is Brian Wilson's "Smile" by any means. It's more like Eric Himan's "Snarl." But what an engaging snarl it is, thanks to Himan's good-looking bad-boy façade and that Cat Stevens-as-a-rocker voice that betrays just a tad of "yes ma'am, I'm from South Carolina" drawl when he softens. This is Himan's fourth album, and it manages to walk that fine line between consistency (to keep his fans happy) and growth as an artist (to attract new ones). Himan fits a nice niche in pop music: He's just raw enough in style to maintain his indie/outsider status, but increasingly polished in his singing, songwriting, and production values. Every Himan album is a roller coaster of emotional and musical highs and lows, and "Dark Horse" is no exception, as Himan often sings of Mr. Wrong, but never in the same way twice. The CD opens with him singing, "When you ran out of things to do/I finally heard from you" on the acoustic, chains-of-love rocker "Habit/Curse." This leads to a scorching, electric-guitar driven invitation to love ("Have Me"), which segues into a moody piano dirge about heartache ("Clyde"). But perhaps the most poignant moment on "Dark Horse" is Himan's only cover: Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years," which--in his skillful hands and with simple production--breathes new life into the hauntingly beautiful classic. This song, along with so many others, will make people sit up, take notice, and ask, "Who is this?" While the challenge for Himan will be getting himself heard, "Dark Horse" is testament to why he should be.

Q Media Reviews- Shawn Revelle

Impressive Fourth Album
Dark Horse, the impressive fourth album from out Indie Rocker Eric Himan, is now available from Thumb Crown Records. A dynamic performer able to pull off hard-edged anthems (“Have Me”) as easily as narrative ballads (“Clyde”) Himan’s musical influences are as varied as his own compositions. The Gospel-inspired “Listen” flows surprisingly well with the Country flair given the toe-tapping “White Horse” and down-tempo, Waltz-timed “Stranded.”

With one exception, a faithful cover of Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years,” all of the songs heard on Dark Horse are Eric Himan originals, including the previously unreleased bonus track “Weave” – recorded for his first demo – which ends the album in an amplified wail only hinted at in the aggressive come-on “Have Me.” From start to finish his songs remain strong even at their most intimate (“In the Brown Fog”) when offering captivating solo performances with only his voice and guitar. he offers a captivating solo rendition of “In the Brown Fog.”


It doesn't get much better than this
Dark Horse is a gem! It's raw, moody, exciting and a great product from an amazing artist. If you are familiar with Eric's other CD's you will be impressed and astonished at the growth of his storytelling and the visceral power of his voice. This CD is chock full of a variety of musical styles that Eric manipulates to make a sound that is distinctively his own. Dark Horse is addictive and you will have problems listening to any other music for weeks!

MIchael J. Barnard

One of the best albums ever!
Eric's style is very unique. Habit/Curse is the perfect lead off for the album. White Horse: really twangy, funny, and phenominal if you get to hear Eric sing it live. Holding Back The Years is one of those remakes that exceeds the original. In The Brown Fog is very soulful and thought provoking.

Patrick R

I'm impressed with each of Eric's CDs and this newer album is no exception. You can hear the evolution of his music and how he has grown over the years. I definitely recommend this CD and artist.


I think Eric and I have dated the same guys
Eric is amazing! Each song is so different from the next and they all blend perfectly. His passion and voice are refreshing. He's really cute too!


I think Eric and I have dated the same guys
Eric is amazing! Each song is so different from the next and they all blend perfectly. His passion and voice are refreshing. He's really cute too!

Tom Williams

Great, especially if you like Cat Stevens!
Saw Eric Himan in Philadelphia when I went to see another artist and was intrigued enough to stick around for his whole set. Wrote to him (through his web site) and asked for recommendations on which are his best CD efforts. This was one of them (the other is the Live CD). Of course, he was RIGHT! This is a fantastic CD with a lot of the songs that you'd here if you went to see him (or have already seen him) in person. I think he sounds a lot like Cat Stevens. Really enjoyed hearing his cover of "Holding Back the Years" by Simply Red. Worth every penny to buy this AND to see him in concert.
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