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'Mirage Rock' Is A Change of Pace for Band of Horses

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:11

Band of Horses
Mirage Rock
(Columbia)
Grade: C+

Band of Horses has slowly but surely evolved. Their 2006 album Everything All the Time had the killer spacey tunes “The Funeral” and The Great Salt Lake.” Cease to Begin followed in 2007 with romantic single “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Is There A Ghost.” Since then, things have changed.

It started with 2010’s Infinite Arms and is solidified in Mirage Rock. Band of Horses is a full-blown Americana band now, and it’s interesting see them venture into a genre that is so well cornered by bands such as My Morning Jacket or Drive-By Truckers.

The opening track of Mirage Rock, “Knock Knock,” is a bit misleading as the rest of the album does not sound anything like it. It’s a fast rock ‘n’ roll song with great energy and a sense of urgency.

With only 11 tracks, the album feels a lot longer than it is. “Shut-In Tourist” is something you might have heard The Eagles do and “Electric Music” sounds more cheesy than exciting.

“Heartbreak on the 101” is the stand out track on the album, and it’s a shame that it’s tacked on the end. It’s got gravely vocals, simple lyrics and lovely violins to accompany mindless guitar strumming. It’s a fantastic Americana song about love on the road. It’s just a shame that the rest of the album doesn’t have its same effect.

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