BAND OF HORSES, "Everything All The Time"
Band Of Horses emerged in 2004 out of the Northwest, and before anyone else might have had a chance, was snapped up by Sub Pop.Band Of Horses emerged in 2004 out of the Northwest, and before anyone else might have had a chance, was snapped up by Sub Pop. The band is rightfully garnering comparisons to My Morning Jacket and Neil Young, primarily due to lead singer Ben Bridwell's reverb-laden, high-register singing voice. But "Everything All the Time" is not just a carbon copy of the aforementioned.
Sure, there are hints of anthemic Southern rock on "The Great Salt Lake" and "Weed Party " but for the most part, the Horses favor a slow, dreamy approach with a few hints of Shins-style pop thrown in for good measure. The album excels with its last three tracks, countrified ballads that show moments of genuine tenderness without cliched metaphors.
"Everything" has benefited from veteran indie producer Phil Ek's expertise for a very polished sound -- Band Of Horses sounded nothing like this last summer in concert. Overall, a modest debut from a band that has potential for a mass following down the road. -- Michael D. Ayers