Under Review: Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms

I may sound like a media theorist, but I sometimes feel like I’m too connected to today’s musicians.  The constant influx of in information from bands, particularly on the internet, can make real news about the groups all the less impactful.  Though Band Of Horses have a healthy presence on the web, they have been rather reclusive in preparing their third album, Infinite Arms.  Their cloistered behavior is admirable, as the album is definitely one worth celebrating.  Overall, Infinite Arms is more electric than its predecessor, but Band Of Horses have traded campfire sing-alongs for more arena-ready Americana.  The harmony- and string-laced opener “Factory” gives a fine introduction to the new set, which rocks about as often as it swoons.  Some of Infinite Arms’ strongest moments are those slower songs, like “Blue Beard” and the sparse “Evening Kitchen.”  Infinite Arms’ more upbeat songs don’t get too over the top, which holds the band back from lapsing into cartoonish parody.  Instead, they offer smart and immediate tunes like “Compliments” and the hooky “Dilly.”  If there’s one thing that truly sets Infinite Arms apart from Band Of Horses’ other two albums, it’s the album’s maturity.  Not that their previous output was at all childlike, but Band Of Horses seem very focused on making this their career defining album.  When bands try to swing for the fences at the peak of their career, the results can be overly bloated or indulgent, but Infinite Arms is a very amiable kind of serious.  Band Of Horses still step a little outside their self-constructed box (like on the twangy “Older”), but they seem extremely comfortable in the sound they call their own.  They might have shaved away some of the quirks that made Cease To Begin such a great entry point to their world, but Band Of Horses continue to forge a career that, in a few years, can be looked back upon with pride.

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~ by E. on May 17, 2010.

One Response to “Under Review: Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms”

  1. WEB SHERIFF
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    Hi E.,

    On behalf of Columbia Records and Band of Horses, many thanks for plugging “Infinite Arms” on your site (street date 17th May UK & Europe / 18th May North America) … .. thanks, also, on behalf of the artist and labels for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length version of “Factory” is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc on the band’s site at http://www.bandofhorses.com … .. for further details of the new album, pre-orders, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the band’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/bandofhorses … .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

    Also and as a goodwill gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive widget for the video of “Compliments” is available on the band’s site and an exclusive preview stream of the full album is also now available via stream.bandofhorses.com/ … .. these are for embedding / hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off the band’s website, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or re-posting these files.

    Thanks again for your plug.

    Regards,

    WEB SHERIFF

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