TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the January 2008 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the January 2008 Issue of Stereophile!
Released in March of 2006, Band of Horses' debut Everything All the Time made
good on the promise hinted at in their early shows and demos. The band went from
early shows opening for friends Iron & Wine, to playing on The Late Show with
David Letterman by July, and being nominated as one of ten finalists (along with
Joanna Newsom, Beirut, Tom Waits, and, the eventual winner, Cat Power) for the
Shortlist Music Prize for that same year. And the record was well-received
critically, with celebratory press in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, NY Times,
Harp, Billboard, Pitchfork, Magnet, NME, Uncut, and a slew of others. Not a bad
place to start.
For a lot of reasons, Cease to Begin is the perfect title for this new record.
Not only do the songs themselves weave this theme through the record, but
stopping and starting anew is also a reflection of the past year and a half for
Band of Horses. Though they worked with producer Phil Ek again, as they did on
Everything All the Time, much has changed between the fairly recent then and
now. There have been band members who have come and gone, including Mat Brooke,
who left the band to pursue other interests and his own band. For core members
Ben Bridwell, Rob Hampton and Creighton Barrett, there has been a move from
Seattle, WA to Mt. Pleasant, SC, a relocation that had been planned for some
time so that they could all be closer to their families. And, close friends and
family have come and gone some far too early. Necessarily shot through with
these experiences, the songs on Cease to Begin are strikingly beautiful, if less
elliptical and more straightforward, with more sophisticated arrangements than
the last record.
"Producer Phil Ek wraps the music in spacious reverb and keeps Bridwell's distinctive voice front-and-center. And while not obvious, the album's brevity speaks to the sweet simplicity of the arrangements." - Bob Gendron, TAS January 2008
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1. Is There a Ghost
2. Ode To LRC
3. No One's Gonna Love You
4. Detlef Schrempf
5. The General Specific
6. Lam On the Lam (In the City)
7. Islands On the Coast
8. Marry Song
9. Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
10. Window Blues