Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Band Of Horses - "Mirage Rock"

Band Of Horses return with Mirage Rock, their highly-anticipated fourth album, out today on Brown/Columbia Records.  Singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell brought in legendary producer Glyn Johns (The Beatles, The Who) to oversee the sessions which were mostly recorded live and really shows that the lineup, which includes Bill Reynolds, Tyler Ramsey, Ryan Monroe and Creighton Barrett is a band at the top of their game.

The arena-sized first single, "Knock, Knock" opens the album with some instantly catchy Beach Boys-esque melodies, handclaps and power-pop prowess.  The earnest and honest "How To Live" follows with a driving rhythm and the close knit homespun harmonies you have come to expect from the band.  "Slow Cruel Hands Of Time" slows down the pace with soaring harmonies for an organ-drenched country-leaning tune.  "A Little Biblical" stands out with its bouncing rhythm and super-catchy melodies.  "Shut-In Tourist" features cyclical cascading guitars and a repetitive, sing-along refrain.  Another standout, "Dumpster World" begins with braided CSNY-like harmonies that lead into a head-banging rock session to end the song.  "Electric Music" is a front porch southern rock anthem with a shuffling beat and honky tonk piano that will just slay live.  "Everything's Gonna Be Undone" features gorgeous, around-the-campfire harmonies.  Crashing cymbals announce the arrival of the propulsive rocker, "Feud".  The eleven-track album closes out with the loping and lovelorn "Long Vows" and the string-leaden and melancholic yet hopeful "Heartbreak On The 101".

Immediately memorable and with a sense of urgency, Mirage Rock does not dissapoint and further cements Band Of Horses as an indie rock powerhouse once again. 

For more info: http://www.bandofhorses.com/us/home             


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