Albums of the year 2010

# 9. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
(Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia, May 18th 2010)

Band of Horses is a recurring band in my end of the year lists. Needless to say, they are one of my absolute favourite bands in newer time. Infinite Arms is as the first two albums were a solid and really good album. Maybe a little more rural this time around and not as epic as especially Cease to Begin were. More of the country-rock elements of the debut are back and the band themselves has produced the album.

It is also the first album were the band really has been a real band with the same members from start to finish. Ben Bridwell has gone through a lot of line-up changes but it seems that he have found players he really feels home with now. More collaborative songwriting, and other members even take the lead for a couple. A long time live favourite "Older" by piano/keys-man Ryan Monroe is one of the standouts on this record. Guitarist Tyler Ramsey (a recording artist in his own name) also sets his mark on this album.

I also was so lucky that I got to see the band play in a intimate live radiosession with about an audience of 50 people this year. That was a stripped down set and it was a really incredible experience.

Infinite Arms is the third album from Band of Horses, but in a way it seems like their debut. This is the sound of a band eager to set their mark on the world and they seem to want to do it with lots of good humour and a down-home feeling.

They all seems like guys you really want to hang out with and then have them go onstage and play in your local bar. Though it's more likely that you have to go to huge arena show to catch them live nowadays.

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