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3.0 out of 5 stars Band of Horses in 'bland third album shocker', 26 May 2010
This review is from: BAND OF HORSES-INFINITE ARMS (Audio CD)
I've been looking forward to this release ever since discovering the band via their second outing and then retrospectively buying their fabulous debut.

Initially, the signs were good, with a superb appearance on Later which highlighted 'Compliments', the first single to be lifted, along with 'NW Apt' and 'Factory', all appeared to be on track and whetted the appetite even more for the album.All of which makes the disappointment a little heavier to bear, really. The highlight of the album is undoubtably 'Laredo', which I guess will make an appearance on the airwaves as a single at some point over the summer, with it's fabulous West Coast vibe and, yes, as pointed out by other reviewers, more that a hint of Teenage Fanclub at their glorious best circa Grand Prix.

The problem lies in the over reliance of extremely syrupy ballads with For Annabelle, particularly toe-curling. In many cases it isn't that they're bad songs, they aren't. Individually they're not too bad, with the vocals, as usual, especially strong, but context is all in some cases, and it's a shame that we couldn't have had a couple more in the vain of Laredo to make this an ideal summer album.

So, disappointingly, it's a case of third time unlucky for Band of Horses. When it's good, it's very good, but when it's bland there's just too much syrup on the songs for me. Anyone new to the band based on the Compliments single will need to beware, it's definately a case of the Blue Peter, 'here's one I made earlier' syndrome, and buy their first two straight away, otherwise they may be totally put off.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2010 12:32:53 BDT
I couldn't agree more Chippy. Laredo is the only standout track on the album. The rest is very bland, and very disappointing after a superb debut album.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2010 17:59:07 BDT
Terry says:
You are so wrong dude.

Posted on 24 Feb 2011 11:29:48 GMT
Fen Tiger says:
Bland, you are joking surely, or are you the real Luther Blissett!!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2011 12:05:31 GMT
You know, upon reflection of those comments made some time ago I think you're right, 'Bland' probably isn't the correct adjective, so I'd like the opportunity to change it to 'dreadful' third album. I get absolutely no pleasure from saying it, but having just witnessed them live for the fourth time on their recent visit, the songs that I've criticised on this album are absolutely nowhere near as good as their first two outings.

I'm glad that you enjoy the cod country crap, though, or are you the real Porter Waggoner!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 10:36:15 BDT
Fen Tiger says:
Enjoy life in Trumpton Chippy! It obviously suits you

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 12:56:15 BDT
Oh it certainly does Fen.
Incidentally, their new album, Mirage Rock, is issued in the UK on september 18th, here's hoping it's return to form and not a repaet of this rubbish.
PS... It's available in Trumpton a week earlier on the 11th, so I'll review it for you in good time to decide whether to buy it or not!
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