Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

Music / Nightlife


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Originally published Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Comments (0)     E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Seattle-bred Band of Horses releases third album, 'Infinite Arms'

A review of Band of Horses' "Infinite Arms," which New York Times writer Jon Caramanica calls light and lazy.

Band of Horses, 'Infinite Arms'

On its first two albums, which were produced by Phil Ek and released on Seattle's Sub Pop label, Band of Horses emphasized texture over songwriting depth. For (sometimes) better and (more often) worse, this group has been ambitious with its rural indie rock, playing loose with density and lightness, loud and soft.

But on "Infinite Arms," its third album (only partially produced by Ek and issued by Columbia), Band of Horses' swipes at majesty have turned lazy. The opening song "Factory," bolstered with sweeping, mourning strings and brass, comes closest to the group's best work. From there, though, the mood lightens considerably, and disruptively. "Compliments" has a faint whisper of country-disco, and much of the rest of the album ("Dilly" and "Older") is redolent of the 1970s soft-rock folkies America.

The band's plain, incredibly legible songs have little to hide behind; successful in a gestural way, but little more. And the songwriting of the frontman Ben Bridwell, always a little obtuse, has begun to decompose, like sketches drawn from faded memories.

Jon Caramanica,

The New York Times

Also released

this week

Glee Cast, "Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers"

The Rolling Stones, "Exile on Main Street"

LCD Soundsystem, "This Is Happening"

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

More Music & nightlife

UPDATE - 12:19 PM
Concert review: Indigo Girls take Seattle fans through rollicking, reflective set

UPDATE - 12:19 PM
Concert review: Perky Katy Perry finds sweet spot between rock and R&B

Concert review: Sarah McLachlan still has the goods at Ste. Michelle

Adele's '21' breaks record, passes 1 million digital downloads in U.S.

Campbell shines in 1st show since Alzheimer's news

More Music & nightlife headlines...

Comments
No comments have been posted to this article.

advertising


Get home delivery today!

Video

Advertising

AP Video

Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech

Marketplace

4 automakers invest in plants; Honda upgrades Fit bumpernew
Toyota plans to expand production of its Highlander SUV. (Toyota) 4 automakers reveal big plant changes A variety of automakers announced major moves ...
Post a comment

Advertising