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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.

Customer Reviews

Everyday I will be Ready

This is a great album. Each song is a beautiful as the next. If you get a chance check this out. If you are like me a could not wait to hear other songs other than "The Funeral" you may know more of this album than you think. A lot of the demos that made it they changed the names of the songs. But believe me you want this album. "The Funeral" is a superb song that is just flat out wonderful. I hate doing this, but if you like my morning jacket you will love this. Not that they sound the same or the music is the same because its not. It just kind of has that feel. Check this out if you know what is good for you. I hate pointing out indivdual songs except for the above ( i have listened to it over 30 times). Just buy the whole thing. Its well worth it.

Beautiful & Sad

I saw Band of Horses open up for Iron & Wine in Chicago in 2005. Though a bit rough sounding at the time, you just knew that there was somthing beautiful ready to emerge. I bought their tour ep which they were selling alongside the T-Shirt folks at the show, and loved the rough demo versions. Their sound has a sense of humble and true emotion to it that you simply cannot find in today's world of assemly line mainstream music, and that of other indie bands that try to make you belive thier conviction.

8/10

Sounds like My Morning Jacket's melodic and emotional younger brother. Now that doesn't mean it's EMO, because, well, that's a stupid tag for music. "Everything All The Time" is the first good Spring '06 release, and it's not a challenging listen by any means. The songs reveal themselves relatively quickly, with reverb-y vocals and a dash of alt-country (see: My Morning Jacket) and slighty muddy production (see: Shins "Oh, Inverted World") creating lush, atmospheric indie-rock. Cathartic and climactic without being formulaic (not every song builds to a throbbing release), Band of Horses deliver 10 very listenable songs that hold together for a very solid debut.

Biography

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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