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Mirage Rock

Band of Horses

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Band of Horses’ sentimental songs may inspire you to run barefoot through grassy fields. Vocalist Ben Bridwell has been the sole continuous member since the group’s 2004 inception. However, each Horse earned songwriting credit on 2010’s GRAMMY®-nominated Infinite Arms, as they banded together to produce the majority of the album themselves. The result was a bucolic slice of Americana filled with folksy harmonies, rootsy country sounds, and alt-rock embellishments—a vibe that’s echoed on “Knock Knock,” the lead single from Band of Horses’ fourth studio album, Mirage Rock.

Customer Reviews

The Disappointment

Well Band of Horses have hit their creative road block and have not found a way past. Their first two albums were an incredible experience all the way through. Infinite Arms had mixed reactions. I thought it was very good. Some songs were skipped but songs such as the title track and Older were some of the best BoH have recorded. This album, I feel, loses all sparkle in every way. I streamed the album before its release several times, hoping to grow on it. But I did not. I couldn't get over how basic the songs were musically and lyrically. I can't help but think of a bad Strokes/Shins cover band. This is, in no way, a "band maturing". An example of how stale the music has become is looking at the single Knock Knock. The band jams one the root chord for about 30 seconds each verse. Nothing but the vocals are doing anything. The bass, drums, and guitar are all hammering out one chord before going to a not-so-catchy chorus. This album has hardly any substance. This upsets me because I truly was looking forward to this release. I love Band of Horses so much, and this album is better music than a lot of what you could be listening to. However, compared to their past efforts, this album disappoints so much. Luckily I have The Killers and Grizzly bear to cheer me up. I'll stay tuned for the next album Band of Horses, but I hope it will be more inspired..

This is a sad day

Well I hate to say I saw it coming with Infinite Arms. This band has turned into something I thought they were too good to stoop to. I guess it makes sense for them to be touring with MMJ since they have both gone to crap. If you are a "Cease To Begin" and "Everything All the Time" fan you understand this. Honestly I think those two albums were the pinnacle of BOH. Now its like America, The Beach Boys and Elvis Costello made an ugly baby. Sorry guys. I've been a fan since 06', I saw you in Queen Anne when you were nothing, but that was a better time for your music.

New album boring!

The two older albums made me smile and had those songs that brought out tears in me, also those fun, loud beat songs. This album is boring, and his voice is so pretty, but he doesn't use it to his full potential.

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Southern Rock, Indie Rock
  • Released: Sep 14, 2012

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