DAILY RECORDS: Band Of Horses, The Black Keys, Circa Survive

by | May 18, 2010 | MUSIC

Band Of HorsesInfinite Arms
Earlier Band Of Horses albums had a light, airy sound, but here they thicken things up with layers of guitar and the occasional string arrangement. Their gorgeous vocal harmonies are as excellent as ever, but they now stand on a more solid foundation. Perhaps their best release thus far.

The Black KeysBrothers
As on their last few albums, the Black Keys continue to branch out from their original swamp-blues style. I know incorporating elements of soul, gospel, and old-time country is intended to keep their sound fresh, but instead, it weakens the album, dispersing the band’s energy and leaving me cold.

Circa SurviveBlue Sky Noise
These guys have a lot of hype right now in the “prog-emo” world, but I really can’t see how this album merits it. It’s not an unpleasant listen, but I’ve played it half a dozen times and I still don’t remember any of the songs. In a word: forgettable.

Band Of HorsesInfinite Arms
Earlier Band Of Horses albums had a light, airy sound, but here they thicken things up with layers of guitar and the occasional string arrangement. Their gorgeous vocal harmonies are as excellent as ever, but they now stand on a more solid foundation. Perhaps their best release thus far.

The Black KeysBrothers
As on their last few albums, the Black Keys continue to branch out from their original swamp-blues style. I know incorporating elements of soul, gospel, and old-time country is intended to keep their sound fresh, but instead, it weakens the album, dispersing the band’s energy and leaving me cold.

Circa SurviveBlue Sky Noise
These guys have a lot of hype right now in the “prog-emo” world, but I really can’t see how this album merits it. It’s not an unpleasant listen, but I’ve played it half a dozen times and I still don’t remember any of the songs. In a word: forgettable.

R. Anthony Harris

R. Anthony Harris

I created Richmond, Virginia’s culture publication RVA Magazine and brought the first Richmond Mural Project to town. Designed the first brand for the Richmond’s First Fridays Artwalk and promoted the citywide “RVA” brand before the city adopted it as the official moniker. I threw a bunch of parties. Printed a lot of magazines. Met so many fantastic people in the process. Professional work: www.majormajor.me




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