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September 27, 2007

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin

The debut album from Band of Horses was, in one word, epic. "Everything All the Time" was an expansive album. "The Funeral" was my favorite song of 2006, with the album itself easily making its way into my top five. Prior to the release of their sophmore effort, therefore, my expectations were extremely high.

Looking back now, I realize that to expect the same magic might have been a little too ambitious. Every band has their masterpiece. That's not to say a band can't put out more than one great album, but it's rare to find a band that can consistantly put out albums as extraordinary as "Everything All the Time". "Cease to Begin" proves this point. But just barely.

After getting over my initial disappointment in the album, I began to find that while the album may have lacked the few magical moments that made the first album so amazing, it still held onto the many of the great musical and lyrical qualities that gave the first album its wonderful style. This album was all the entertainment of the first, just without the fireworks. So while it may not have matched "Everything All the Time", "Cease to Begin" is still to be considered a solid effort from a still growing band.

Posted by burkema at September 27, 2007 11:45 AM