12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Starting in the mid-‘00s, Band of Horses was the group that tastemakers were praising and the majority of us were quickly discovering. Blending roots and country sounds with an indie rock aesthetic, the band drew upon its previous eight-year incarnation as Carissa’s Wierd (sic) to craft songs that were both familiar and new. For its third studio album, Infinite Arms, the trio of Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, and Ryan Monroe brought aboard Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds (both veteran members of the live touring version of Band of Horses) to record a full group album in various locales over the course of 16 months.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Starting in the mid-‘00s, Band of Horses was the group that tastemakers were praising and the majority of us were quickly discovering. Blending roots and country sounds with an indie rock aesthetic, the band drew upon its previous eight-year incarnation as Carissa’s Wierd (sic) to craft songs that were both familiar and new. For its third studio album, Infinite Arms, the trio of Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, and Ryan Monroe brought aboard Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds (both veteran members of the live touring version of Band of Horses) to record a full group album in various locales over the course of 16 months.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
745 Ratings

745 Ratings

Walter Sobchek ,

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Isn't it interesting that we, the listeners, love this album and that the critics are destroying it? I suppose hack, want-to-be writers like music critics have to try to make a name for themselves somehow. Too bad they think they know what "high brow" music is and try to discredit something that the fans clearly like.

STLBAM ,

I waited 3 years for this??

Ben Bridwell's voice is the only thing worthwhile on this album. I guess the real songwriters left the band after Everything All The Time and Cease To Begin. The lyrics on this album are pure lazy, uninspired, and at times ridiculous. The years of constant touring and festival shows seems to have burned out what was once a promising endeavor by Ben. I'm absolutely disappointed after waiting three years for these new BOH tunes. I saw BOH at The Earl in Atlanta in 2007 and was blown away by the performance, to this day I say it was among the top 3 shows I have ever seen. I'm afraid a show with these Infinite Arms songs would make me sleepy and bored. If you have followed BOH since the beginning you owe it to yourself to check out Grand Archives, the band formed by Mat Brooke who left BOH after Everything All The Time. I won't say that it blows this new version of BOH away but it's obvious who the creative one was during the creation of the first album. Is there something toxic about Ben Bridwell considering he is the only original member remaining from BOH? Only the guys who have played with him know what has gone down but it begs the question when the band moves from Seattle to South Carolina, all the original members leave him, and now they leave Sub Pop for Columbia. What's your purpose Mr. Bridwell?

eth4 ,

I am really disappointed.....and I love BAND of HORSES....ugh!

I am a huge Band of Horses fan.....HUGE!!! I found the ganging up of people singing the melodies a little redundant and annoying. I love the lead singers voice. It is such a distinctive sound, and I want to hear it more in all the songs. Ugh I am really disappointed. There are a few trax on this album i will buy, but for the most part....get rid of the touring band in the studio....BORESVILLE!!!! Go back to the sonic magic of what made Band of Horses so amazing. Keep the touring band for the ROAD!

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