BAND OF HORSES-INFINITE ARMS CD
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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.
The record has a fresh approach of poprockmusic mixed with the alt.country rootsrock sound. Or: indierock with a more folk approach. Later I've listened to their two previous records and could hear the slightly change of direction. You could say "Infinite Arms" has a more 'popular rock' style of approach, but without sounding too popular. Therefor, to me this record has been a rightfull introduction into this band.
The album: it rocks, but it doesn' rock too much. It has harmony singing, but it's not a close-harmony-singing album. It just contains different elements of alt.coyuntry/folk music but slowly drifting towards rock. Some heavier songs are present, some slower songs, some rockier songs are inlcuded.
Personal favorites are the impressive opener 'Factory', with it's strings and hornsection giving the song a classical and dramatic element. The songs is followed by the uptempo rockers 'Compliment' and melodic 'Laredo'. After this song the album gets a little bit more easier and lighter, but still fresh and diverse enough.
The lyrics, as always, are sang with the same murkiness and anguish, but with a little more sanguinity than usual. This combination of vastly different emotions makes for a very romantic carelessness. The words themselves are poetic by nature, thriving off charming stories, lightly questioning the possibility of god, the frustration of not knowing whether a love is truly gone or not, the air and grace of death, home, remembering past family and partners, drowning away sorrows with wine, rock and roll, the community, and law. Although the theme of overcoming an ended relationship isn't the most unique, it certainly is combined with the right pacing and the right music.
The guitar lines are slow and waltzing; the drums are simple, effectively making sure the groove is felt; and the bass lines bounce in a traditional manner from one hook to another. This purity allows for freedom of voice, balance in motion, and heartbreaking lyrics. Nothing seems in your face or pretentious--the passion is 100% convincing.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Great product at a great price. Would use again and recommendPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The opening track factory is excellent. There are plenty more good songs, but none quite top the first one. Still, a very good album. Read morePublished on 3 May 2013 by Craig Twyman
This is our third Band of Horses cd and is definitely my favourite. An awesome record. Laredo is a stand out track and a great driving record.Published on 12 Feb. 2013 by Martin.
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... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2012 by Philip
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. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by Murmur