Mirage Rock (2CD) (Deluxe Edition)

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Mirage Rock (2CD) (Deluxe Edition)

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After key Band of Horses influence Neil Young experienced his commercial peak with Harvest -- the 1972 country rock cornerstone -- he famously reflected that it had put him in the middle of the road and that he soon headed for the ditch. On Mirage Rock -- the follow-up to the Ben Bridwell-fronted acts 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, hes 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 Johns 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 bands eclecticism. The strong opening trio of tracks -- the pounding, lo-fi, indie rock of Knock Knock, the striking Jayhawks-inspired country pop of How to Live, and the laid-back, melancholic West Coast haze of Slow Cruel Hands of Time -- are contrasting but inspired choices for the albums front end. However, the mid-set Dumpster World -- sonically closer to a pastiche of George Martins America than the Eagles -- has its understated sarcasm crushed by a chugging alt-rock midsection. Similarly, while Bridwells uptempo and overtly political Feud approximates Graham Nash fronting the Foo Fighters, it sits awkwardly between the bluegrass-tinged Everythings Gonna Be Undone and the truly beautiful, strolling Buffalo Springfield nod Long Vows. All in all though, its the pros that outweigh the cons here. Bridwells 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. Theres also a playful sense of humor evident here on tracks such as A Little Biblical, 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 skyin the yard and the minutiae of stumbling across a big city man he used to rumble withback 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. [This deluxe edition includes a bonus disc containing an additional five tracks which were self-produced at Sonic Ranch Studio in El Paso, Texas]. ~ James Wilkinson, Rovi

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Record Label: CD
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Band Of Horses
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 0.50 x 7.44 IN
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1. Knock Knock
2. How To Live
3. Slow Cruel Hands Of Time
4. A Little Biblical
5. Shut-In Tourist
6. Dumpster World
7. Electric Music
8. Everything's Gonna Be Undone
9. Feud
10. Long Vows
11. Heartbreak On The 101
12. Mirage Rock
13. Irmo Bats
14. Relly's Dream
15. Catalina
16. Bock
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