Band of Horses
15 June 2006
Band of Horses has recorded some wonderful, wonderful rock and roll on Everything All The Time. On first listen, I couldn't get over the obvious comparison to The Shins -- for one, Ben Bridwell's voice sounds an awful lot like James Mercer's -- and, frankly, the similarities between the two bands was reason enough for me to take an almost automatic (though still tentative) liking to them early on. But as I've settled in to this record, that comparison has receeded into the background, and I've realized how great some of these songs really are.
"The Funeral" is one of the best of the songs. It's got this great line, belted out over and over: "At every occasion, I'll be ready for a funeral." Amazingly, this doesn't come across as corny; in fact, it's incredible and powerful and -- I want to be careful to not be corny here myself, but -- almost majestic. Majesty: it's the word the Pitchfork review uses, which puts it better than I can: "Turning despondency into indie majesty is a major talent of Band of Horses; their music is carefully balanced to evoke specific emotional responses while allowing space for personal projection."
Ok, so I think all this talk has gotten a little corny. Just go listen to this great record. And listen closely.
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