Mirage Rock (CD)


Band of Horses

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“Better things come to those who wait,” Ben Bridwell sings with particular snarl on “Knock Knock,” the opening track of Mirage Rock. Fans have been waiting a few years for an album as strong as the band’s first two, and they’ve gotten it with Mirage Rock. Rock ‘n’ roll producer Glyn Johns brings out some welcome rawness from the band, going full Allmans/Skynard style on “How to Live.” The detailed, dynamic and beautiful “Slow Cruel Hands of Time” shows greater patience in the band’s songwriting, offering rewards within its sweet harmonies and subtle shifts. “A Little Biblical” is a welcome new entry to the band’s canon of anthemic arena-rockers, but perhaps the most striking is a song called “Dumpster World,” which moves from an America-style forlorn ballad to a big rocker with sarcastic, anarchistic lyrics — “Don’t pick up that trash/Put more of it on the ground.” That loose, scrappy energy helps pick up some of the album’s less memorable tracks, while their willingness to take a few chances helps keep things lively — following a jangly but low-key ballad like “Everything’s Gonna Be Undone” with the Sonic Youth-inspired “Feud” and then a beautiful country ballad like “Long Vowels” is a masterstroke of gutsy pacing. Mirage Rock finds Band of Horses sounding hungry again.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Knock Knock
Band of Horses 03:58
2.
How To Live
Band of Horses 03:26
3.
Slow Cruel Hands Of Time
Band of Horses 03:50
4.
A Little Biblical
Band of Horses 02:54
5.
Shut-In Tourist
Band of Horses 04:09
6.
Dumpster World
Band of Horses 03:43
7.
Electric Music
Band of Horses 03:32
8.
Everything's Gonna Be Undone
Band of Horses 03:19
9.
Feud
Band of Horses 02:56
10.
Long Vows
Band of Horses 03:43
11.
Heartbreak On The 101
Band of Horses 04:01

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