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Mirage Rock [Deluxe Edition]

Band of Horses Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B008S87T2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Knock Knock
2. How To Live
3. Slow Cruel Hands Of Time
4. A Little Biblical
5. Shut-In Tourist
6. Dumpster World
7. Electric Music
8. Everything's Gonna Be Undone
9. Feud
10. Long Vows
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mirage Rock
2. Irmo Bats
3. Relly's Dream
4. Catalina
5. Bock

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Fourth studio album by the American rock band. The record entered the UK Albums Chart at #20 and features the single 'Knock Knock'. This deluxe edition includes a bonus five-track EP titled 'Sonic Ranch Sessions'.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wild Horses Are More Exciting Than The Tamed... 17 Sep 2012
By Masho
Format:Audio CD
What makes Band of Horses (BoH) stand out from many other bands is their often experimental approach to their sound despite the record label's pressure to move them into the mainstream. This may be risky in terms of establishing stadium filling success and not all of it works. However, whilst other bands may stumble at this point, BoH have that uncanny knack of producing absolute gems from the simplistically yet intriguingly catchy `Is There a Ghost' to the more epic arrangements on `On My Way Back Home'. Over the years then, BoH, by deliberately straddling and resisting the mainstream have carved out a substantial and loyal following, continuing to pull original and memorable musical magic from the proverbial and potentially bland Americana trick bag.

Many professional critics reviewing Mirage Rock seem to be celebrating the production values Glyn Johns (who has worked with many of the greats such as the Beatles, The Who and Led Zeppelin) has brought to the album. Some even mention that Johns has helped rein in the group's experimental orientation, as if this was a bad thing that needed correcting. To me, if this is the case, as it would seem, then in doing so, this has killed the sound and dare I say the soul of the group and, whilst no doubt, BoH have much to learn from Johns, whom after all has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they have for this album at least, finally crumbled under record label and producer pressure.

What has resulted is a musically accomplished, yet seemingly weak and lacklustre set of twelve songs, sitting well within the mainstream Americana bracket ready for consumption by the masses.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars middle of the road 17 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
so very very disapointing, just soft pop country, from start to finish. no twist, no rock, no nothing that made their other recordings stand out. approach with caution!
i have since added one star, for the bonus cd, these 5 tracks, are much finer pieces of work then the main album. why they are not on the main album, lord knows!
not classic band of horses, but these five tracks do stand up to their previous work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For me - their best album yet. 24 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
For me - this is Band of Horse' best album yet. Less dirgy, and more accessible. Some reviewers have bemoaned the more commercial sound but I'm digging it.
While none of the tunes reach the majesty of 'Funeral' - I first heard it on a Danny Macaskill video and have been a fan of the band since - almost all of the songs have something to reel you in.
Great hooks, sweeping guitars and at times sounding like the Eagles. I particularly like Feud, How to Live and Cruel Hands of Time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great band. 28 Oct 2013
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Only reduced one star as not sure as good as Infinite Arms which is my favourite. Growing on me though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Grower'. 29 Sep 2013
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Like many people, loved the first two records, and then 'Infinite Arms' was released, I thought it too much of a shift to straightforward Southern Americana. Played the album on repeat, played this on repeat too, now love them as much as the first two.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hooks and Melody Missing 9 July 2013
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Friend lent me 'Cease To Begin' and I loved its heartfelt lyrics, amazing melodies and great vocals. Ordered 'Everything All The Time which had the amazing 'The Funeral' track on it and again, lots of retro hooks and very catchy songs....both vet accessable and infectious.

I then bought 'infinite arms' and now the new one.

This is all subjective but the hooks have gone. I do not sing along to any tracks on 'Mirage rock', but canot put my finger on why. it sounds bland and Ben seems to have settled down too much maybe.

Just like the last few Dave Matthews Band studio albums, the cohesion and 'feel' is wrong. I know we fans expect a lot on every release but its missing for me and my taste hasn't changed so maybe the band has.

'Mirage Rock' is not one to buy first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album start to finish 3 May 2013
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This is a solid album all the way through. I like it better than Infinite Arms. It has a couple of rockier songs that I love, and still plenty of soft folky songs that tug the heart strings. Lovely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contains Traces Of L.A.... 8 Jan 2013
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Maybe my expectations for the new Band Of Horses album were lower after what i thought was the patchy 'Infinite Arms', so i must admit that i was pleasantly surprised by what i heard. Gone is the influence of Fleet Foxes, likewise, the Jim James, heavy on the reverb vocals, instead what we have are traces of Laurel Canyon and The Eagles circa 1972. Yes, Band of Horses have gone and made their L.A album, and it's actually quite good. It's mostly straight-up country rock, produced by Glyn Johns, with what i think is their strongest set of songs yet. 'Knock Knock' is a great opener and other highlights are 'How To Live', 'Everything's Gonna Be Undone', 'Electric Music' and 'A Little Biblical'. All in all, i'd say that 'Mirage Rock' is my favourite BOH album so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOH best album yet
After the at best patchy "Infinite Arms", Band Of Horses have made an album which whilst admittedly more commercial (purely in the sense that it has tunes more people will... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amplified
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Not impressed first play, didn't sound like previous albums. Played it a few more times along with the others and started to like it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Keith Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars More like Pop but still amazing.
Very different to their other albums, this moves more toward a commercial sound. Really loved their version of Mirage Rock live and hope for a live Album soon!
Published 19 months ago by K. Dickinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad rock
Very dissapointed with this cd,after their last album Infinite Arms which was excellent, In my view this a back ward step.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. A. Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars No alternative
I didn't review this album earlier as I thought I might get to like it; I really wanted to like it. The first time I listened to it my 5-year-old son spewed up in the back of the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rab
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it,
Maybe not as instant as Infinite Arms, but a real slow burner, well worth persevering with, you wouldn't,t want to hear something too similar to their last album would you? Read more
Published 21 months ago by Somerset Simmo
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Mainstream
Whilst Infinite Arms was one of my favourite albums,tho a move towards mainstream it was rich warm lush beautiful record.Mirage Rock however generally nondescript country rock. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ian
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