- Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Columbia/Sony
- ASIN: B008OYPT64
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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The follow-up to 2010's Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms, Mirage Rock is the first of the band's records to be produced by Glyn Johns, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 in recognition of his work with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Faces, Eric Clapton and too many others to list. Recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Mirage Rock is arguably Band of Horses' most cohesive and accomplished set of compositions and performances to date.
Top Customer Reviews
Stand out track for me is track 3. I wasn't disappointed at all.
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.
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.Read more ›
It starts enthusiastic: a faster alt.country rocking 'Knock knock' followed by the more gentle "How to live", singing about losing a job. Then 'Slow hands of time' have hints of a lost Smokie-songs. It feels like the songs are presenting by a kind of wave-line: some ups and downs. Everyone will have their personal interpretation of those ups and down in the quality of the songs.
Mirage Rock is a lot of mainstraim and too less distinctive. For those who already appreciate the previous records a lot will also enjoy this album. But for those who already liked their third album (much) lesser than "Everything All the Time" and "Cease to Begin" could skip this album.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this, I need to listen a few more times before delivering a final verdict.Published 11 months ago by Shane Howard
Only reduced one star as not sure as good as Infinite Arms which is my favourite. Growing on me though!Published on 28 Oct. 2013 by crowscounted
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. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Kevin Williams
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... Read morePublished on 3 May 2013 by Craig Twyman
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 morePublished on 24 Feb. 2013 by Amplified
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... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by J. Willis