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Band of Horses Mirage Rock (2012)

Band of Horses — Mirage Rock (2012)

Band of Horses Mirage Rock
Origin: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres: Indie rock, Southern rock, alternative country
Location: now based in Charleston, South Carolina
Album release: September 18, 2012
Record Label: Columbia
Duration:     39:39 / 45:17
01 Knock Knock     3:59
02 How To Live     3:50
03 Slow Cruel Hands Of Time     3:27
04 A Little Biblical     2:55
05 Shut In Tourist     4:09
06 Dumpster World     3:44
07 Electric Music     3:33
08 Everything's Gonna Be Undone     3:20
09 Feud     2:57
10 Long Vows     3:44    
11 Heartbreak On The 101     4:02
12 "Ego Nightmare" (iTunes only)
Producer: Glyn Johns
Website: http://www.bandofhorses.com
The follow-up to 2010's Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms, Mirage Rock is the first Band of Horses record to be produced by Glyn Johns, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year in recognition of his work with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Faces, Eric Clapton and too many others to list. Recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Mirage Rock is arguably Band of Horses' most cohesive and accomplished set of compositions and performances to date.
Ben Bridwell
Ryan Monroe
Tyler Ramsey
Bill Reynolds
Creighton Barrett
Past members:
Joe Arnone
Ludwig Böss
Mat Brooke
Sera Cahoone
Chris Early
Matt Gentling
Rob Hampton
Tim Meinig
Blake Mills
Robin Peringer
Review  by James Christopher Monger
After landing a Best Alternative Music Album Grammy nomination for 2010's dizzying Infinite Arms, Seattle, Washington-via-South Carolina-based indie Americana outfit Band of Horses felt the pressure to make their fourth studio outing something truly special. Preferring to take a more grounded approach this time around, the group tapped legendary producer Glyn Johns (the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Clash, Led Zeppelin, Traffic), who helped rein in some of the group's more experimental tendencies by insisting on a more intimate live approach. The resulting Mirage Rock, which was preceded by the single "Knock, Knock," arrived in September 2012.

 © Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke playing with Band of Horses at the 2006 SXSW festival. / Author: MrMatt © Infinite Arms
Release date: May 18, 2010
Duration:     45:13
2010 Infinite Arms The Billboard 200     #7
2010 Infinite Arms Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums    #2
2010 Infinite Arms Top Rock Albums     #2
Billboard Singles:
2010 Laredo  Hot Modern Rock Tracks     #34
2010 Laredo  Rock Songs     #41
Jon Ashley  Assistant
Band of Horses  Primary Artist, Producer
Creighton Barrett  Composer, Drums, Group Member, Percussion
Cameron Barton  Engineer
Benjamin Bridwell 
Composer, Drums, Engineer, Group Member, Guitar, Sounds, Vocals
Lauren Brown  Strings
Ryan Castle  Mixing
Jason Donaghy  Engineer
Julian Dreyer  Assistant
Phil Ek  Additional Production
Clint Fore  Tuba
Alec Gomez  Assistant
Mike Greek  Booking
Danny Kadar  Engineer
Stephen Marcussen  Mastering
Ryan Monroe  Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
MiMi "Audio" Parker  Engineer
Tyler Ramsey 
Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Theremin, Vocals
Bill Reynolds  Bass, Composer, Engineer, Group Member, Guitar, Percussion, Sounds, Tambourine
D. Sardy  Mixing
Daniel Shearin  Assistant
Robin Taylor  Booking
Tommy Terrebonne  Assistant
Stewart Whitmore  Digital Editing
Jay Widenhouse  Trumpet
Dave Wilkens  Trombone
Steve Wilmans  Assistant
Christopher Wilson  Illustrations, Photography
Review  by Andrew Leahey
Featuring a new lineup, a rather loose definition of Americana, and funding from a major label, Band of Horses’ third album is a game changer. What began as a partnership between Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke has since blossomed into a five-piece band, with Bridwell serving as the only link between the group’s 2006 debut, Everything All the Time, and the present. It’s only natural, then, that Infinite Arms sounds wholly different from the albums that came before it, both of which mixed guitar-driven rock with dusty, jangled folk. There’s still plenty of folk to be found here, and Band of Horses bang their way through “Compliments” as a concession to their rock fans. Infinite Arms is a borderline pop album, though, dressed up in flannel and facial hair to disguise the fact that these melodies are, with few exceptions, the sweetest of the group’s career. There are harmonies galore, including thick, Sacred Harp-type triads that beef up Bridwell’s vocals while drawing parallels to Fleet Foxes and the Beach Boys. At times, it’s hard to separate Band of Horses from their influences; “Blue Beard,” although downright gorgeous, cops its verse from Smile-era Brian Wilson and its bridge from the Starland Vocal Band, and “Older” sounds like the country-rock single Gram Parsons never wrote. But the album’s willingness to sample from so many different genres -- roots, soft rock, alt.country, power pop, indie folk -- makes it sound like nothing else in 2010, and Band of Horses connect the dots by layering everything with canyon-worthy reverb and cinematic guitars. For those who let it sink in, Infinite Arms could be a contender for the year’s best summer album, not to mention the band’s most cohesive record to date.Benjamin Bridwell & Band of Horses; Author: Simon Joyner (Getty Images) File:Flickr - moses namkung - Band of Horses 4.jpg © Ben Bridwell playing with Band of Horses at the Outside Lands Festival 2009 / Date: 30 August 2009, 18:46

 © Band of Horses live at SXSW, March 17, 2006 / Author: Matt from Orlando, USA

Band of Horses Mirage Rock (2012)