Band of Horses - Mirage Rock (2012) [FLAC]

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  Band of Horses - Mirage Rock (2012) [FLAC]
  
  Released: 2012
  Duration: 39:32
  Genre: Indie Rock, Southern Rock
  Codec: FLAC
  Bit Rate: ~ 900 kbps
  Bits Per Sample: 16
  Sample Rate: 44,100 Hz
  Cover: Front
  
  01 Knock Knock
  02 How to Live 
  03 Slow Cruel Hands of Time
  04 A Little Biblical
  05 Shut-In Tourist
  06 Dumpster World 
  07 Electric Music 
  08 Everything's Gonna Be Undone
  09 Feud 
  10 Long Vows 
  11 Heartbreak on the 101

After key Band of Horses influence Neil Young experienced his commercial peak with Harvest he famously reflected that it had put him in the middle of the road and that he soon ΓÇ£headed for the ditch.ΓÇ¥ On Mirage Rock - the follow-up to the Ben Bridwell-fronted actΓÇÖs Grammy-nominated, game-changing 2010 release, Infinite Arms - Band of Horses keep a safe distance from the ditch with the help of producer Glyn Johns. As it happens, heΓÇÖs the very man who helped the 1972-1973 period Eagles lineup hone their saccharine, radio-friendly and harmony-laden sound while Young was exploring comparatively rugged and less-traveled terrain. 

  Seemingly enlisted to consolidate the success of the self-produced Infinite Arms, Johns brings a great deal of experience to Mirage Rock. Production-wise, while Infinite Arms was layered and cavernous, Mirage Rock has a heart-on-sleeve immediacy to it, borne out of JohnsΓÇÖ insistence that the band deliver well-rehearsed live takes of much of the material. However, while their third record flowed effortlessly, the ebb of Mirage Rock is, to some extent, compromised by an earnest attempt to showcase the bandΓÇÖs eclecticism. The strong opening trio of tracks -- the pounding, lo -fi indie rock of ΓÇ£Knock Knock,ΓÇ¥ the striking Jayhawks-inspired country pop of ΓÇ£How to Live,ΓÇ¥ and the laid-back, melancholic West Coast haze of ΓÇ£Slow Cruel Hands of TimeΓÇ¥ - are contrasting but inspired choices for the albumΓÇÖs front end. However, the mid-set ΓÇ£Dumpster WorldΓÇ¥ - sonically closer to a pastiche of George MartinΓÇÖs America than the Eagles - has its understated sarcasm crushed by a chugging alt-rock mid-section. 

  Similarly, while BridwellΓÇÖs uptempo and overtly political ΓÇ£FeudΓÇ¥ approximates Graham Nash fronting the Foo Fighters, it sits awkwardly between the bluegrass-tinged ΓÇ£EverythingΓÇÖs Gonna Be UndoneΓÇ¥ and the truly beautiful, strolling Buffalo Springfield nod ΓÇ£Long Vows.ΓÇ¥ All in all, though, itΓÇÖs the pros that outweigh the cons here. BridwellΓÇÖs natural gift for melody is given room to shine throughout and is complemented by some of the finest, most spine-tingling harmonies among the band and their contemporaries. ThereΓÇÖs also a playful sense of humor evident here on tracks such as ΓÇ£A Little Biblical,ΓÇ¥ which can sometimes be lacking in the music of Fleet Foxes, Kings of Leon, and their ilk. 

  In addition, Bridwell shows that he can match Robin Pecknold lyrically on “Slow Cruel Hands of Time,” a sincere, heartfelt rumination on growing old that takes in the grandeur of “the sky…in the yard” and the minutiae of stumbling across “a big city man” he used “to rumble with…back in high school.” Overall, though, while Mirage Rock sees Band of Horses further immerse themselves in Americana, more than anything it finds them enraptured by the simple joy of music-making. “Electric Music” - a freewheeling slice of Stones/Creedence-inspired rock - encapsulates this premise and finds them “traveling the open road” without a ditch in sight.		
01 - Knock Knock.flac 26.599 MB
02 - How To Live.flac 22.606 MB
03 - Slow Cruel Hands Of Time.flac 22.893 MB
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