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  • 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.

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Very different sound from the first 3 albums but then it's a different producer so that explains that. A bit more of a country sound. Takes you by surprise a little on first listen but in a good way. High quality song writing as ever and flows to a brilliant end.
Stand out track for me is track 3. I wasn't disappointed at all.
Buy it.
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For me - this is Band of Horse' best album yet. Less dirgy, and more accessible. Some reviewers have bemoaned the more commercial sound but I'm digging it.
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.
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What makes Band of Horses (BoH) stand out from many other bands is their often experimental approach to their sound despite the record label's pressure to move them into the mainstream. This may be risky in terms of establishing stadium filling success and not all of it works. However, whilst other bands may stumble at this point, BoH have that uncanny knack of producing absolute gems from the simplistically yet intriguingly catchy `Is There a Ghost' to the more epic arrangements on `On My Way Back Home'. Over the years then, BoH, by deliberately straddling and resisting the mainstream have carved out a substantial and loyal following, continuing to pull original and memorable musical magic from the proverbial and potentially bland Americana trick bag.

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.
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"Mirage Rock" is the fourth album by the Band of Horses. To my humble opinion, it's the lesser one of those four. It's because the album feels like the band is drifting toward 'middle of the road' rootsrockmusic. The style is not distinctive compared to the previous albums. But luckilly the band still have their distinctive sound and their voices. And there are some nice songs on the album. Hence three stars.

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.
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Friend lent me 'Cease To Begin' and I loved its heartfelt lyrics, amazing melodies and great vocals. Ordered 'Everything All The Time which had the amazing 'The Funeral' track on it and again, lots of retro hooks and very catchy songs....both vet accessable and infectious.

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.
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I didn't review this album earlier as I thought I might get to like it; I really wanted to like it. The first time I listened to it my 5-year-old son spewed up in the back of the car. Perhaps unrelated. I can understand why many people don't like this album. If you are unwilling to try and get into MOR country/rock music, then this album is disappointing as that is exactly what it is. Infinite Arms showed signs of BoH losing their individual sound and to me sounds like an album of covers (albeit good ones) that you can't quite remember what the original was. I bought Mirage Rock after reading an article about how the band are coming to terms with massive success and they seemed like a good bunch of guys. They made no apologies that this is the album they felt like making, regardless of what people thought of it or why they did it. I still don't like this album.
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