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10 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2008
First of all, this is poor and not a patch on the Band of Horses debut. To hear on release that this was the band's shot at the big time was of course a worry, and several months after purchase I remain ambivalent to the charms of this overblown and over-produced offering. There are some great tracks, worthy siblings of album no.1, but sadly too much of Cease to Begin is overly self aware and, thus, the very opposite of Everything all the Time. Raw edges are what we love, surely? BUT WHAT REALLY GETS MY GOAT, are those five star reviews where the reviewers fail to justify the 'excellence' rating. Nowadays there is no light and shade: everything is AMAZING - or crap. And how I hate that word 'amazing'. It used to mean something that did truly amaze, like an Osprey plucking trout from a lake or a gypsy juggling bicycles. But now, no, amazing can mean anything: even the Band of Horses. Please Amazon, crack open another five stars and let's do a ten star rating system: for those who are easily amazed, the temptation for five out of five seems all too strong and, thus, groups the true classics with the five minute blunders.