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Way back in 2010 I opened my mouth to say that Infinite Arms felt to me like it was the first Band of Horses record. I was trying to imply that I finally had the band I'd always dreamt of, that the album was a celebratory debut of this unit. Or was I joking? That's the thing: I've finally become comfortable enough in this band that sometimes I don't even know when I'm ... Read more in Amazon's Band of Horses Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B003GC58EM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Factory
2. Compliments
3. Laredo
4. Blue Beard
5. On My Way Back Home
6. Infinite Arms
7. Dilly
8. Evening Kitchen
9. Older
10. For Annabelle
11. NW Apt.
12. Neighbor

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Produced by Band of Horses with additional production from Phil Ek, mixed by Dave Sardy, and recorded over a 16-month period, the songs on Infinite Arms project the essence of the different locales across America that became the setting for the recording and songwriting process behind the album. The rich musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, AL, the sublime beauty of Asheville’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the glamorous Hollywood Hills and the vast Mojave desert all influenced the sounds on Infinite Arms and helped yield the group’s most focused and dynamic recordings to date while the serene woods of Northern Minnesota and the band’s native Carolinas inspired the songwriting, lending the compositions an air of comfort and familiarity.
Band of Horses are Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds.
--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

BBC Review

With a move to Columbia from the Sub Pop label that helped spawn them, someone is wagering that the South Carolina-via-Seattle beards of Band of Horses will soon be swelling in stubbly popularity to Kings of Leon-sized proportions.

Those hopes are self-evident in the tone of this album. As soon as the bombastic strings of Factory (coming soon to a World Cup montage near you) sweep into view, there's a feeling that this is to be Ben Bridwell and company's big breakthrough. And hopefully it might be, as there's plenty to like here–Factory for start, as well as the fleet-footed Way Back Home, which sounds like it's convinced itself it's going to metamorphose into Sloop John B at any moment. There's Blue Beard, which "la-la oohs" prettily before going into a middle-eight that sounds like the Starland Vocal Band's Afternoon Delight, of all things.

Then there's the beautiful piano and keys which make the closing track Neighbor sound like a moment of deathly realisation in a Cormac McCarthy novel. That feeling is helped by the line, "once upon a town in a border town". Yep, there's plenty of country for these young men.

There's something not quite as cutting about Infinite Arms as Band of Horses' previous efforts, though. The overall tone is more the choral country of tracks like Cease to Begin's Detlef Schrempf and of peers like Midlake and Fleet Foxes, rather than the sharp heights of Everything All the Time's The Funeral and Cease to Begin's Is There a Ghost? The title-track flirts with dreariness, as do lines as lines as lumpen as "the Midwestern sky is grey and cold". We can forgive them that, though. Fans of the band, and those with a rustling liking for a certain kind of beard-here-now Americana, will devour this like a bottle of the Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler referenced on the last track. --Will Dean

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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stevie Dal on 22 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
BAND OF HORSES - INFINITE ARMS
Band Of Horses have come a long way in the last seven years or so. Formed circa 2004 in Seattle by South Carolina native Ben Bridwell and his friend Mat Brooke , early promise saw them land a deal with that fine city's most famous label Sub Pop.
Two albums, "Everything All The Time" and "Cease To Begin" followed fairly quickly (Brooke left after the former and formed his own band Grand Archives) and some amazing live shows helped cement their reputation. Along the way they also found time to gather up a pretty fanatical group of followers. I well remember my first introduction to the band when i saw them on TV performing live at the Glastonbury festival, it was an amazing show but what also caught my attention was the crowd, my jaw dropped when the BBC cameras panned 'round to reveal punters dancing along merrily with large papier-mâché horses heads on ! It was a surreal sight and i've pretty much been hooked ever since.
There have been a good few changes since then and band mates have come and gone along the way, Ben Bridwell being the only remaining founder member. At the moment the current line-up seems pretty solid and they've also re-located operations back to South Carolina and signed to Columbia Records for their third album "Infinite Arms", an outstanding release which was not only a firm contender for 2010's Album Of The Year crown but was also Grammy nominated. It lost out to "Brothers" by The Black Keys, another fine album. But that's for another day, for now we concentrate on the matter at hand - "Infinite Arms".

On the first few plays, what leaps out at you are the influences.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NorthernNorm on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to the delights of Band of Horses by my Sister-in-Law, who seemed to think that my dressing in a Levi Denim shirt at the tender age of 52 made me some sort of Cowboy hippy, and therefore thought I would like the Band of Horses.
The Seattle area seems to have spawned a number of bands of the same sound including Fleet Foxes - and this is no suprise as the Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes shared the same producer - Phil Ek in the early days - although Band of Horses are a few years (and albums) ahead of Fleet Foxes.
It is early days yet - and I have listened a few times and find all the tracks pleasant and melodious. Folk rock is not really an apt name, they are more Indy West Coast and influences can be heard from the likes of the Byrds, Neil Young, Greatful Dead and the evergreen CSN&Y
If you like West Coast music and want to hear something modern, with excellent production and a clarity of sound that the likes of the late 60s west coast bands could only have dreamed of - then give this album a whirl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip on 18 Dec. 2012
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This album does something very interesting. It takes a range of identifiable Californian sounds and distills them into something that could have effortlessly crawled from the Louisianna Swamp. It were as if Band of Horses took the genial sound of Granddaddy and moved it into The Eagles back yard. The effortless alt-country feel is no doubt underpinned by the North Carolina roots of the founding member Ben Bridwell. Although plodding in some small places, it still manages to be something greater than the sum of its well considered parts, due largely to masterful writing as seen on the up-beat Loredo, or as on the beautiful and harmonious For Annabelle, both of which of themselves make this a worthwhile album.Throw in the wickedly addictive Dilly, and Older and you will find you have been all ready well rewarded for your purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murmur on 8 Nov. 2012
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Hi, this is a good album and has some great songs on it. I love the vocals and the harmonies in particular. It has traces of Supertramp and quite a 70s feel in parts. Band of Horses just have to be careful as at times they end up in MOR territory and a couple of the songs are a bit bland. Overall though this is a good listen and better than this year's follow up album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suné on 18 May 2012
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Band of Horses rock. Their new album remains on similar quality as previous. Glad I bought it, can totally recommend :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Bellis on 24 April 2012
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I had heard of them but hadn't heard them. I'm not even sure how I ended up listening to this but Older was the song that captured my heart so I ordered the CD.

I haven't stopped listening to it. I have no doubt there will be obvious comparisons with Fleet Foxes but Band of Horses have their own thing going on.
The music is so mellow, dreamy in places.

Do your ears a favour, buy this album. It is worth it for stress free listening and relaxation alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marilyn on 13 Jan. 2012
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Band of horses is a fab band I shall continue to be interested in their music as long as they keep going .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oostrijck on 28 Oct. 2011
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Oh come one now, how can anyone call this a mainstream disappointment. It's simply a lovely record, with gorgious melodies. Like the two records that went before, it's got plenty of good songs. The first song is terrific and the rest doesn't disappoint either. They are not competing with Coldplay (thank God), so I won't call it mainstream. Just because these songs might appeal to more people than on their previous records, doesn't mean it's commercial garbage all of a sudden. On the contrary. If it's good, it's good. Regardless of how many people listen to it. And these guys deserve to have success. Buy it !
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