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Band of Horses – Acoustic At The Ryman

Lisa Bentley


Band of Horses are back this week with their fifth album – Acoustic at The Ryman. With three studio albums under their musical belt and one live album previously released you could be wondering what is so special about this latest offering. The answer to that would be quite a lot, actually.

To begin with, the bands rich catalogue of work speaks volumes about Band of Horses musical and lyrical talent, so straight away this is a must have album for any fan. But what about those who are new to the musical stylings of Band of Horses? Well not only do they get to listen to some of the bands’ great songs but they will also get to feel like they are a part of he audience in their tour. That is just how good they are live.

The acoustic shift of this album breeds a level of intimacy that I personally feel that their previous live album didn’t quite achieve. The songs sound pure and the essence and quality of some of their more loved tracks such as No Ones Gonna Love You and Funeral translate so well – possibly even better than on the studio albums – and are completely mind blowing and beautiful. They offer simple yet gorgeous vocals and breathtaking musicianship.

The acoustic album works best when the band harmonise with lead singer Ben Bridwell; the harmonies are solid and put you in mind of fellow American band the Eagles. The tone and the purity is outstanding. This is most apparent on Factory which is just stunning.

For newbies, this is a great introduction to Band of Horses. The heart and beauty of their songs are so elegantly shown and will give you goosebumps when you listen to it. For fans, this is eleven acoustic tracks which will remind you why you fell in love with Band of Horses to begin with.