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Everything All the Time

Band of Horses

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Band of Horses is the phoenix ascending from the carcass of Carissa's Wierd, Ben Bridwell's and Mat Brooke's former band. (But what happened to the proposed November 16th?) While the penchant for beautiful melody is present everywhere here, that's pretty much where the similarity stops. Whereas their former project centered itself on slower-than-codeine-cough-syrup-on-a-cold-day, lushly textured sadpop, Band of Horses is a full-on indie rock band who write and play loud, raw, mid-tempo pop songs, and who really love Neil Young. Gone are the slow, layered, weepy singly tempoed songs of heartbreak and loss. No more violins, no more space, no more no more. Bridwell's vocals are stretched here (and they could be mistaken for Wayne Coyne or a young Young on first listen), but he and Brooke have a different MO here. They play a plethora of instruments between them, from banjos to pedal steels and piano, and Chris Early plays bass along with an assortment of drummers that include touring kit man Tim Mienig, though Sera Cahoone (another ex-Carissa's) sits in the chair on about half this set. The ramped up electric guitars are a welcome wind blowing through this heavier, denser music. Check the dreamy Chris Bell-meets-Crazy Horse-teched "First Song," or the snare-popping "Wicked Gil" with a killer six-string finale. The dynamic in "Funeral" hints at something less meaty but then kicks into gear; it's nearly anthemic with a wall of stun-electric gits ranked and whirring. There are more meditative moments though. The country-ish "Part One" is acoustic and tender, but "The Great Salt Lake" that follows it is simply majestic. There is a Beach Boys melody in here somewhere (perhaps something extrapolated from "Sloop John B?") and Bridwell's vocal warbles dangerously close to B. Wilson's, but much murkier — a more blissed out, distorted janglefest. "Weed Party" is a silly, raucous country rocker that crosses the Byrds with latter-day Husker Du. The closer is the spare, meditative "St. Augustine," which is as beautiful as Young's "Through My Sails" from Zuma. Everything All The Time isn't a perfect album; it gets a little long in the tooth in places and samey sounding. The exuberance is the mirror image of Carissa's Wierd's downer reserve; it's as if the fellas were trying really — perhaps a little too — hard to distance themselves from their previous incarnation. Nonetheless, it's a decent first effort that warrants repeated listening.

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On first listen, Band Of Horses' "Everything All The Time" might sound a bit "samey". They certainly do like their vocal reverb, their rich, jangly guitar, and their dreamy rock / pop sound. Spin the disc a few more times, however, and each of these ten songs will slowly present their very unique personalities, burrowing their way deep into your head.  Because they manage to so successfully walk this "same-but-different" tight-rope, in the end Band Of Horses' debut works as a whole, rather than just a collection of songs. That "samey" sound gives the album a strong sense of consistency, and despite using the same pallet over and again, "Everything All The Time" never feels like it's covering old territory -- every song permeates a distinct and different, dreamy-pop feel. Track four, "The Funeral", headlines the album, and it's enough to get anyone sucked into the record -- a strong, dense, and moving tune. The real knock-out punch, surprisingly, is left to the end. The closing three tracks, "I Go To The Barn...", "Monsters", and  "St. Augustine" deliver a treble knock-out; three acoustic tunes that are sublime and moving. Meanwhile, the other tracks are generally more lush and upbeat, while never straying far from the heartstrings. The result: something remarkable and unmissable. 

its just one of those truly amazing albums

i hav written many reviews sayin that this song grows on me or this album grows on me... this album rarely is just brilliant the first listen... evry song is brilliantly unique... and the funeral is one of the greatest songs of all time, just listen to it once nd u will agree, very much like snow patrol or coldplay, so if u like them ull like this

Album of the year?

It's only April, but I'm pretty sure this album is going to be on all the best of the year lists at the end of 2006. It's that good. The Funeral will be a strong contender for "song of the year". At least in my book. "The Great Salt Lake" is another awesome song. I can go on, but there's really no need. It's simply one killer of an album. Buy it. What do "Band of Horses" sound like, you ask. Like a mix of "My Morning Jacket" and "The Shins", I say. But better.


Formed: 2004 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Emerging in 2004 with a blend of woodsy midtempo rock and reverb-laden vocals, Band of Horses gained an audience in their native Northwest before Everything All the Time made them indie rock darlings. Multi-instrumentalists Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke founded the group after an eight-year run with Carissa's Wierd, and an early concert alongside future labelmates Iron & Wine caught the attention of Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop signed Band of Horses in 2005 and reissued their self-released EP later...
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