Review of Cease To Begin Album by Band Of Horses

Band Of Horses
Cease To Begin
Album Review

Band Of Horses Cease To Begin Album

Some second albums just seem rushed. Band of Horses' 2005 debut, Everything All The Time, was a stunner - all Built To Spill/ My Morning Jacket melodic rock and a chillingly great ability to build towards a sophisticated headbanging chorus, like Supertramp on steroids. Funeral or The Great Salt Lake would sound as fresh after 100 listens as after 1. That album's follow-up, Cease To Begin, has real highlights, none bigger than the opener Is There A Ghost, which picks up right where the debut left off. It's a stunner. From there, however, only a couple of tracks head back towards its standards.

A few too many end up in Coldplay-esque meandering, or even mild country (The Marry Song), to continue their Band of Horses-by-numbers retread. Cigarettes, Wedding Bands is a good song, Detlef Schrempf a great title for a so-so song. There is a feeling permeating Cease To Begin that Band of Horses may have played their big game for their debut. It is a lovely way to spend 40 minutes - Band of Horses are a band to be grateful for, after all - but it's a bit of a sophomore dip.


Mike Rea

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