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Band of Horses are your typical Sub Pop style band in every positive sense of the phrase. They are a slightly folky, jangly, almost quirky band that offer up some great song writing and a short, snappy album for our delight. I love the two opening tracks and will skip back to the start to play them again before continuing with the rest of the album. This has an excellent booklet (something that is sadly getting lost with the prevalence of downloads) and this has some small postcards with various photos. The band have been compared to My Morning Jacket and they are certainly reminiscent of that band in places, but they also reminded me of the excellent Death Cab for Cutie in places as well and if you like either band then you may well enjoy this album too. If you enjoy other bands of the Sub Pop stable then give this CD a try and if you also enjoy good song writing and short, punchy albums then this is worthy of your consideration.

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on 21 August 2009
Great second cd from a great band, i have both their albums & have recommended them to a few friends who have praised them too.
Not a lot of people have heard of them, but i would watch out for them in the future. Brilliant!!!
You have to buy this for 'Is There A Ghost' track alone, absolutely wonderful track.
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One of the most wonderful things about music is that if you miss something first
time around it'll still be there somewhere, poised to pounce, just around a corner.

Everything you never heard waiting for an accidental witness
and so many corners to turn in a lifetime.

For The Wolf, Band Of Horses' second album 'Cease To Begin',
is a very fine example.
As it happens a very, very fine example indeed.

The ten songs in this collection are spun into sparkling reality by
Mr Bridwell and his able cohorts with skillfully subdued aplomb.

Mr Bridwell's plaintive and strangely affecting voice is the
solid raison d'etre for my enthusiasm.
It is a truly beguiling instrument.

The songs are all good.
Melodically strong, uncluttered, sympathetically and efficiently performed.

'Is There A Ghost' is a strong opening track.
It's wistful opening subject evolving into a powerful two chord thrashing coda.

'No One's Gonna Love You' is another cracking tune.
The quietly jangling guitar and unobtrusive organ frame the vocal perfectly.

'Detlef Schrempf' is simply stunning. Bridwell's haunting voice
again soaring out above the relative simplicity of the song's construction.
The chorus is heartrendingly beautiful.

The hokey humour of 'The General Specific' makes for a lightweight
and amusing barn dancing interlude before the transitional bars of 'Lamb On The Lam'
launch us into the magnificent emotional mayhem of 'Islands On The Coast'.

Country flavours emerge again in 'Marry Song'. The vocal harmonies are delightful.

'Windows Blues' is another classy melodic highlight and worthy closing track.

There really isn't an ounce of fat or gristle on this great little album.
It's all good, lean prime beef and The Wolf, for one, is very happy to
have found his way to the feast.

Highly recommended.
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on 14 February 2011
Simple, well crafted and arranged songs throughout this album, and an absolutely amazing vocalist like few others (especially these days!). The band appeal to people of all ages like no other band i know of. A fantastic cover to this album also, which looks even better on the LP format i've now got. The Manic Street Preachers have openly said there fans of these guys. Hopefully the rest of the world will wake up to them soon.
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on 13 January 2012
I only heard short samples of songs on CD so I thought I would take a chance on buying it turns out it was a fab CD so I have now listed them to my favourite bands and I'm hoping to buy more of their music .
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on 21 April 2013
great band, this is probably their best album, downloaded it a few years ago but vinyl is the way to go with this.
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on 10 December 2007
I first heard of Band of Horses through Zane Lowe's show on Radio 1 and have to say I was immediately interested in them, so i decided to pick up their new album Cease to Begin and from the first track i could tell this was something that needed listening to.

The first track, Is There A Ghost is a fantastically chilled out melodic indie rock track, that draws you in to listen to the album

Moving deeper into the album with Ode to LRC and No One's going to Love you just makes you sit back and listen at this point your hooked, each subsequent track draws you further and further in. Detlef Schrempf the fourth track on the album drew me in further and I have to say as each track moved through the album I just wanted to carry on listening.

With Cigarettes, Wedding Bands you get a much punchier song, through keeping with the albums generally tone, this track sounds very emotive and you get the impression that there is alot of feeling in the song with lyrics like "Well they lie tonight, Well they lie tonight"

I would say my only grip with the album is that there is only thirty five minutes of it, as I feel that you could listen to this for hours, immediately after the first listen it went back on again! Even with that in mind this is an album that you need to buy!

Standout Track: Is There A Ghost
Rating: 8/10
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on 21 September 2013
I bought this album after seeing them at greenman festival in Brecon Wales with the backdrop of the welsh mountains and what an awesome setting to first hear this band. The album is great and the cd and download feature through amazon cloud brilliant.
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on 14 March 2008
Not being a diehard fan, and coming across this album the same way I found 'Everything' its almost the same situation... a few tracks that grab you straight off the bat.. 'Boat to Row' 'Ghost' 'Island'

Some of these are haunting like the jems on the first album, some are a bit more upbeat and kinda make you do a U-turn on the artsit comparison list your going to give to your friends..

So... I think there are songs here that will get you straight off.. then after a few weeks/listens youll discover new favourites. I'd day the album is slightly more polished/mature than Everything.. but then again thats pretty subjective.

4 out of 5.. if you liked thier first album.. this should satisfiy, and if you get more out of it than I did, then well done you.
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VINE VOICEon 28 January 2008
I have not heard the first album, but I had heard the band performing songs from this album, live. 'Ghost' has a very 'haunting' melody and sets the listener up well for the rest of the tracks. The whole album moves along at a very good pace and is great for playing in the car, where the CD resides at the moment. Try not to let 'Ghost' get into your head or you will keep on humming it to yourself all day long.
A highly recommended album.
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