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Cease to Begin

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Cease to Begin album cover
Is There a Ghost
Ode To LRC
No One's Gonna Love You
Detlef Schrempf
The General Specific
Lamb on the Lam (in the City)
Islands on the Coast
Marry Song
Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
Window Blues
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 35:13

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Band of Horses, Cease to Begin
Label: Sub Pop Records

With their 2006 debut Everything All The Time, Seattle's Band of Horses introduced themselves as part fusion, part reinvention of their influences — namely, My Morning Jacket, Neil Young and the Shins. Cease To Begin isn't drastically different from the group's first outing; Band of Horses focus on what they're good at — reverb-soaked guitars; thick, dreamy tenor yelps; hard-hitting pop hooks; tales of heartbreak, small towns and ghosts — and that's… read more »

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Great from start to finish


This record takes time to really sink in, but once it does; you might not stop playing it for a year. Well, that's what happened to me at least. Every song is great, well worth the download.

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Great Great Record


An all day record!

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How is that some bands have a magical quality that others can't achieve? This band definitely has it. Very haunting, beautiful music.

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Good hooks, interesting vocals...


...but this record comes across as a bit cold to me. Tons of talent in this band, though, so that's probably more of a personal preference thing.

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Wait is over... almost


Now you finally have the Sub Pop records, how 'bout the new one on Columbia?

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Big fan


I am a big fan of Band of Horses. First of their songs I heard was "is there a ghost." Hooked me right away.

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glad to see this title here!

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File Under: From raw, gutbucket blues to soul, rock and pop with a similar unspoiled spirit Flagship Acts: R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Solomon Burke, the Black Keys, Andrew Bird, Band of Horses, Dinosaur Jr., Wavves, the Walkmen, Smith Westerns, Yuck, Tennis Based In: Oxford, Mississippi Like the Delta bluesmen whose records he started Fat Possum to release, Matthew Johnson is part of a dying breed. Rock owes much of its early legacy to eccentric, mostly European-descended label owners… more »

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When Band of Horses surfaced in 2006 with Everything All the Time, the band’s rugged take on rock & roll drew quick parallels to My Morning Jacket and early Neil Young. That’s mighty nice company for a young band, but co-founder Mat Brooke nevertheless left the lineup that same summer, choosing to blaze his own trail with Grand Archives instead. Ben Bridwell, Brooke’s musical partner for nearly a decade, was left in control of Horses — a daunting position for the former Carissa’s Weird bassist, but one that ultimately resulted in a sophisticated, mature, and altogether superior follow-up. Cease to Begin is the responsible adult to Time’s reckless teenager, with Bridwell pitting his high, clear tenor against backdrops of hazy indie rock and campfire singalongs. While tracks like “Weed Party” showed the band having harmless (albeit adolescent) fun on their debut, the good times on Cease to Begin are more grown-up: a lo-fi, foot-stomping pop ditty (“The General Specific”), a brief interlude of instrumental watercolors (“Lamb on the Lam [In the City]“), a detour into twangy country (“Marry Song”). Those looking for more anthemic rock will gravitate toward kickoff track “Is There a Ghost,” where the guitars are loud and Bridwell’s vocals are candy-coated in reverb, but Cease to Begin shines it brightest under the twilight glow of “Detlef Schrempf.” Historically, Schrempf was a German-born NBA basketball player with killer three-point accuracy — and while that’s certainly an odd choice for a song title, it’s easy to forget as drums beat a lazy rhythm beneath Bridwell’s falsetto. Who knows whether he’s singing to a hometown, a loved one, or his favorite member of the Seattle SuperSonics? It’s still a thrilling listen, and the subtle humor hints that Band of Horses isn’t growing up too quickly. – Andrew Leahey

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