's second full-length album, Low Estate
, finds them at the peak of their powers, moving their hypnotic, rustic country-rock into neo-gothic territory. Producer John Parish
helps the group reach its potential, accentuating the darkness and mystery inherent in its music. There are still a few weak moments on the record, but overall, Low Estate
is an impressive leap forward for Sixteen Horsepower
, an album that clearly separates the band from its alt-country contemporaries.