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Infinite Arms [Import]

Band of HorsesAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)


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Way back in 2010 I opened my mouth to say that Infinite Arms felt to me like it was the first Band of Horses record. I was trying to imply that I finally had the band I'd always dreamt of, that the album was a celebratory debut of this unit. Or was I joking? That's the thing: I've finally become comfortable enough in this band that sometimes I don't even know when I'm ... Read more in Amazon's Band of Horses Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Uk/Zoom
  • ASIN: B003GC58EM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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I turned onto Band of Horses (BOH) after discovering Carrisa's Wierd (a now-defunct band that included BOH frontman Ben Bridwell and former BOH member Mat Brooke). Their first record, 'Everything All the Time', was ridiculously addictive, and strong enough to make the second (''Cease to Begin') a mandatory buy. The main difference between those first two records was the confidence and maturity in songwriting.

For better or worse, the differences between that second album and this new one, their major-label debut, are pretty similar. Just as 'Cease' displayed greater confidence and cohesion in songwriting, this record finds the band even more 'settled in' to their sound and scope. How much one enjoys this album will mostly just come down to whether they enjoy the band's chosen direction. 'Everything' suggested that BOH could evolve into either a shoegazer band or a dreamrock outfit, and 'Infinite Arms' confirms that they are the latter, with a bit of alt-country twang.

This isn't a bad thing. I was initially somewhat amused by some reviewers' comparisons between this album and 70s ballad-pop, but on further consideration, I guess I can see it- it's just that this naturally seems more relevant, but these ARE essentially alt-country-dreamrock ballads. Those familiar with BOH's earlier work will appreciate the statement that this is 'St. Augustine'-BOH and not 'Funeral'-BOH, and should use that distinction when deciding whether to purchase 'Infinite Arms'.

There are some real high points on this record, notably 'On My Way Back Home' and the title track, which are both slow and deliberate, grand and sweeping.

I listened to this straight through about half-a-dozen times, and am pleased and impressed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Band Of Horses album where everything works. August 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was always a mild Band Of Horses fan. A friend of mine burned me the first two cds to listen to, and I always kind of liked them. The combination of hipster indie rock and the classic country-fied rock was very pleasing to listen to, but that was about all. I did enjoy Cease To Begin a lot, though, since the hipster elements had diminished some, and they were embracing country and Gram Parsons a little more. All in all, I kinda dismissed them as yet another indie band with nothing much to say.

That all changed with this album.

With Infinite Arms, the Band of Horses lets their hair down and wears all of their influences on their sleeves. A tighter lineup this time around, everyone is contributing to Ben Bridwell's timeless sound. Cease To Begin was the blueprint for this album, as it showed more confidence and cohesion in their songwriting, yet I always knew they were destined for greatness. With Infinite Arms, the greatness is reached. The indie schtick is basically over, now the band is a true rock and roll band with some fantastic 3-part harmony and a penchant for killer melodies and catchy hooks to boot.

The album begins with the 3-strike punch of Factory, Compliments, and Laredo. These are easily some of the best work the band has ever done, and at the same time, are vastly different from each other. Factory is a moving ballad about love in the office with some soaring strings. Compliments is a great alternative country rocker with some fantastic harmonies, and Laredo could very well be the road rock song of 2010.

Unlike their last 2 albums, the middle half doesn't sag at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Step Forward...In the Wrong Direction May 30, 2010
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When Band of Horses first burst onto the "indie rock" scene in 2006 with the song "The Funeral" and the album that spawned that single, Everything All the Time, they became instant indie gods. The reverb drenched vocals and haunting tunes kept this listener rapt from start to finish. They would go on to show that they aren't a one-trick pony with 2007's Cease To Begin by keeping the things that made the first album great and adding a couple of uptempo rockers. Now, with Infinite Arms, the band leaves the Sub Pop label for the corporate trappings of the major label Columbia Records (not that Sub Pop doesn't have some of the same corporate crap running through their sewer system). The end result is something appealing, but much less satisfying than the first two albums. The only songs that really sound like the band are "On My Way Back Home", "Infinite Arms", "For Annabelle", and(sort-of) "Neighbor"...all, slow, meandering and incidentally, the best on the album. The main problem with the album for me, seems to be the lack of enthusiasm and passion in the music, poor songcraft and trite, overblown lyrics. In "Laredo", Bridwell actually sings the words, "I'm at a crossroads with myself". I don't think there's anyone on Earth who could sing that line and not sound like an idiot. Lines like "Later, I was thinkin' it over at the snack machine. I thought about you and a candy bar" in the album's opener, "Factory" aren't going to get Bridwell into the songwriting hall of fame either...not to mention the horrible "La, La, La, La's" in "Blue Beard". Much of the song structure, too, strays far from the Americana/Indie Folk the band was playing on most of the first two records. "Older" has a country twinge to it, but somehow still feels like the Beach Boys doing country... Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
There are not words to describe how beautiful, soothing, and inspiring this music is!
Published 1 month ago by R. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
these fellows have a real nice sound. it has depth
i like listening to it alot
Published 2 months ago by Constance Tarracino
1.0 out of 5 stars This item wasn't new
This item was listed as new and when I received it and opened it items inside the box were torn. Not a tiny little edge rip...torn.
Published 6 months ago by James M. Stith
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful Album
I've been listening to little else since purchasing this album a few days ago. Doing so has made my world a more sonically beautiful place.
Published 10 months ago by Ethan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one of their albums, make it this one.
By FAR their best album to date. Compared to their other albums, this one just feels a lot more 'genuine'.
Published 14 months ago by chuckyd
4.0 out of 5 stars great vibe
love the album, although many do not, slightly over produced. but the songs are great and there is a consistant vibe thoughout whole album.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest "rock" albums of all time
Like many other, I first heard of Band of Horses by hearing their song, "The Funeral." I loved that song but the rest of the songs on Everything All the Time I thought weren't on... Read more
Published 17 months ago by William Eric Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Little gem
This is the first album from this talented group that I've ever bought/heard. Many great songs, from "Laredo" to the somewhat haunting "On My Way". Read more
Published 18 months ago by Garp10
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice album
This is the only album I have by these guys. I found the music to be very mellow and polished. Mostly I listen to it softly in the background if I'm reading or working on my... Read more
Published 18 months ago by sgeise
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing distinctive
I'm not quite sure how to categorize Band Of Horses. Similar to Pure Prarie League (folksy soft rock) but with nothing that stands out. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Stanton
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