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Not Their Best Work, But Still Enjoyed It
on September 20, 2012
I will start off by saying that the first single "Knock, Knock" off this new album did not get me too excited about the release of Mirage Rock. Something about the song just didn't click, it sounded kind of like a Steve Miller song (I like Steve Miller, but this is Band of Horses).
However, after listening to a few of the samples provided here on Amazon, I decided to give it a shot, and bought it.
I've listened to it through a few times now, and find the album very...okay (hints the three stars). I have greatly enjoyed the previous three albums from Band of Horses, Their first album really got my attention instantly, "Cease to Begin" blew me away when I first heard it, and "Infinte Arms" is a real pleasure to listen to from start to finish. Now we have "Mirage Rock", which I've listed to and decided it sounds more like a collection of B sides or outtakes.
What I mean by that is the songs are good enough, they just don't really stick with you. The album is in no way bad, it is Band of Horses after all, but, they've done so much better in the past. It's almost as if there really wasn't alot of material and they did what they could with what they had, and that's fine, it's always good to hear from these guys, but it's certainly not going to be my favorite from them.
A few of the songs are good for a couple of listens, like "Slow Cruel Hands of Time" is a very nice acoustic number, "Long Vows" and "Everythings gonna be undone" are straight from the 70's and prove to be rewarding songs, the former sounding very Neil Young'ish. From there though the other songs just seem to come and go, many times I found myself not realizing that I'd gone through three or four tracks already.
Again, I guess my point is, any music coming from Band of Horses is great to hear, however on this new release they are missing something in the magic. It does to me sound like a collection of B sides and outtakes from other albums. I cannot say that this is a bad album; but, I can say that it isn't a great album. Some may disagree.
Long story short, if you like the band by all means get it, but don't expect to be blown away.