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Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

Posted by Amy Park on August 17, 2010 at 6:48 PM

With melodic folky pop tunes and atmospheric grandiose strings, shimmering guitars and beautiful piano parts this is an album that is worth listening to again and again.  America seems to produce a plethora of indie/folk bands that manage to stay in the mainstream and are allowed to grow and mature.  Band of Horses are one of those bands.


The album begins with the uplifting Factory with its grandiose strings and follows with the pop hooks of Dilly, Compliments and the slightly rockier NW Apt.  The title song, Infinite Arms, contrasts as a gentle ballad along with the atmospheric Evening Kitchen. Themes of redemption and eternal youth run throughout various tracks and for a moment there is even a sound of the distinct Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) in the wistful vocals of Blue Beard and For Annabelle. 


Band of Horses have taken inspiration from various locations across America and is evident in the mature songwriting displayed.  A mix of genres are utilised throughout from the more obvious folk and country to pop rock.  However, despite the varied mix of genres the album is not dissimilar to the Thrills and other pop folk bands suc as their old labelmates, Fleet Foxes. They have been likened to the Byrds, Teenage Fanclub, My Morning Jacket and even the Beach Boys.  Band of Horses - Infinite Arms clearly takes inspiration from a variety of sources and as such lends itself nicely to a well rounded, beautifuly composed album.


Fav songs - Dilly, Compliments, On My Way Back Home and Infinite Arms

(check out their MySpace page for a listen - www.myspace.com/bandofhorses - follow the link in my links page)


Tracklist:

Factory

Compliments

Laredo

Blue Beard

On my way back home

Infinite Arms

Dilly

Evening Kitchen

Older

For Annabelle

NW. Apt.

Neighbor (American sp.)

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