Thursday, June 28, 2007

Everything All The Time - Band Of Horses

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It's been out in the US for over a year, but has only been available officially in the UK for a matter of months.

Initially, the things that sprang to mind when listening to Everything All The Time were The Flaming Lips, Grandaddy The Decemberists and a tiny little bit of Neil Young.

And therein lies the problem. This is a good album, no question, but the sheer variety of influences don't quite meld into something entirely convincing as their own characteristic sound.

Another niggling downside is that it's all a little too one-paced. It's certainly not a coincidence that the stand-out track, Wicked Gil, is the moment where they most let loose and give us something a little more up-tempo than the majority of the album.

Someone on Amazon called it what Arcade Fire might sound like if they were more commercially minded. A fair point, but whilst this might be, at large, more "radio friendly" than Arcade Fire, it can't match their grandiose and enchanting sound. A promising debut but there's some way to go yet. Having said all that there is enough here to suggest that they could well really get it right next time around.

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