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This review is from: Mirage Rock (Audio CD)
I've taken my time over this, not let some of the negative reviews put me off. Now that I've had time to digest and take it all in, I quite like it. You can hear a whole load of influences from Neil Young to The Rolling Stones to The Eagles. This may be where some people have been put off. The Band of Horses produced unique sounding records on their last 3 albums. This one definitely wears it's influences clearly on it's sleeve.
Here's the thing though. Turn up the volume, immerse yourself in the sound. Does it make you smile, are the lyrics interesting enough to amuse? For me, the answer is yes. It is an enjoyable listen, particularly the first 6 tracks or so. I do have a little gripe about the production, it's polished, possibly too polished. Especially on the last number, Heartbreak on the 101. For me, the whole string section should have been left out completely.
I forked out an extra £1 from another website for the deluxe edition, where you get an extra 5 tracks - bargain. These 5 tracks were produced by the guys themselves and have a much more raw feel to them. I know some people out there have been lauding the chap on the mixing desk for the 11 songs on the main disc. He's famous, produced lot's of albums (doesn't mean a great deal to me). I'd rather have heard the guys themselves be let loose on the whole album.
I'm afraid I can't give it 5 stars. Maybe with repeat listens, it will grow to be a 5 star. I wasn't totally smitten with "Infinite Arms" to begin with, the precursor to this album, but now I really love every track on that album. My initial take was that it was 3 or 4 track pony!
Not quite tamed Horses but toned down a little. I'm hoping they will be set free a little more on their next outing.