Friday, May 21, 2010

review: Band of Horses -- Infinite Arms

Band of Horses

Infinite Arms

Columbia Records, May 18, 2010

mp3: Band of Horses -- "Factory"

Review by Jason Frye

Call it a knife in the wound, call it a restless night waiting for her to call, Infinite Arms embodies that last beautiful gasp of unrequited love and forces you to relive it. But don’t worry, you come out the other side better for the journey.

Here’s our song-by-song breakdown of the new album from South Carolina's Band of Horses...

“Factory” is like seeing a movie alone; like hearing a voice in an empty house.

“Compliments” is a failed escape attempt.

“Laredo” is the lovesick moment when you know you’re not over her.

“Blue Beard” and “On My Way Back Home” are the Beach Boys on Xanax; the continuation of the story from Pet Sounds’ “Sloop John B” with our hero finally home but finding himself filled with longing for the sea.

“Infinite Arms” is a codeine dream you don’t want to wake from.

“Dilly” is a sad summertime pop song.

“Evening Kitchen” plays like a gritty, slow motion film of a boy and girl on swings intercut with their last date, flowers forgotten on the table.

“Older” is the revelation that leaving was the best thing to do.

“For Annabelle” is an empty field stretching an impossible distance to the horizon.

“NW Apartment” is the excitement of something new, the promise of a closed door.

“Neighbor” is the relief of seeing the porch light left on for your return.


  1. Saw them open for Pearl Jam last week, and the new songs sounded great live.

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    Hi Jason,

    On behalf of Columbia Records and Band of Horses, many thanks for plugging "Infinite Arms" on your site (the newly released album by Band of Horses) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the artist and labels for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length version of "Factory" (as already featured by you) is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc on the band’s site at ... .. for further details of the new album, pre-orders, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the band’s MySpace at ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

    Also and as a goodwill gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive widget for the video of “Compliments” is available on the band’s site and an exclusive preview stream of the full album is also now available via ... .. these are for embedding / hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off the band’s website, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or re-posting these files.

    Thanks again for your plug.



  3. so what're you telling me, web sheriff? to take the song down? that it's okay to use it?

  4. I found a full download of the album at this FREE file sharing website check it out!

  5. yeah, all the hottest hits from today, yesterday and tomorrow are at that site!

  6. Great review - enjoyed the track-by-track song descriptions. I'm also really digging the new album, can't wait to see these guys on tour again soon.

  7. awesome, matt. thanx for reading.


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