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Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

September 30, 2012

If classic rock radio stations dared to play new music this album would totally fit in their rotation.  It has a bit of CSN, Jackson Browne, Big Star,  Neil Young and at times even beatlesque.   But those stations never play anything new – so this will go unheard by an audience that would love it.  Too bad.

I have been a Band of Horses for a while now and it is nice to see them with a subtle shift in their sound.  This album rocks more than anything they have done – now we are not talking Slayer rocking – more like Neil Young rocking.  The vocals are more prominent and front and center.  The arrangements are less compressed – not so foggy and jangly.  It is like the boys are no longer afraid to come out from behind the curtain.

How much of this is maturity vs. the influence of legendary producer Glyn Johns I don’t know.  But I like it.  I have always felt like Band of Horses are a poor man’s My Morning Jacket.  With this release they come into their own and they find their own voice – yet it is a friendly sound that should resonate with youthful jam band fans to middle age classic rock fans.

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