BAND OF HORSES - Acoustic At The Ryman

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Country, Classic Rock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 158 / 3-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Brown | Autor: UR

The last album of the Band Of Horses, "Mirage Rock", had a rock-emphasized, faster pace, which one was not used to from the Americana troupe at all. Apparently it was time for the quintet around Heiserkehle Ben Bridwell to provide the grown audience with festival-suited catchy tunes. The band's first live acoustic album, recorded last April in Nashville, shows the band from a very simple side, reduced to voice and guitar, standing bass and piano. The South Carolina-based band doesn't need to stray too far from the originals for this, as they also have a live ethos in the studio, with dense vocal harmonies à la Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the heart. Some of the songs are also considered to be quite lifelike ("Marry Song", "Slow Cruel Hands Of Time"). Other things are more gripping. The bandhit "The Funeral", for example, which gains in urgency in the less massive version. The quiet "No One's Gonna Love You" reminds in its immediacy even of Nirvana's "Unplugged" milestone. "Acoustic At The Ryman" lift such jewels beyond the status of a solid concert document.

Top track: No One's Gonna Love You

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