For those who've been Band of Horses fans for quite some time, this record will, most certainly, feel like a natural progression of things. Singer Ben Bridwell's twangy, albeit high-pitched, vocals have been the star of this group since the beginning. But is it just me, or is he doing his best Neil Young impression throughout Mirage Rock? Anyway, this is a record that clearly sees Band of Horses ramping up the southern rock aspect of their sound that has, before this, appeared in their recordings in a form that was much less...in your face? The opening track, "Knock Knock" jets out the gate, sounding like a John Mellencamp B-side circa 1979. And hey, I'm not saying this is a bad record –and the cover art is really quite beautiful–, but it just might have benefited from some more "The Funeral" type tunes.
Worth a Listen: "Slow Cruel Hands of Time"