Band of Horses 

Everything All the Time

Got reverb? Probably not, since Band of Horses may have used it all on its transcendent Sub Pop debut, Everything All the Time. Sounding like it was recorded in My Morning Jacket's grain silo, Everything combines the spacious feel of Horses' Pacific Northwest home with intimate Southern roots, like Iron & Wine fronting Built to Spill. Elegiac acoustic ballads "Part One" and "St. Augustine" are paired with arena anthems for the nightclub set like "Wicked Gil" and "Weed Party." All shimmering guitars and big-valley vocals, first-time songwriter and frontman Ben Bridwell (ex-Carissa's Wierd drummer) really impresses when he combines both elements within a song. "The Funeral," "The Great Salt Lake" and "Monsters" are like audio IMAX epics, featuring must-sing choruses and wide-screen crescendos that erupt from tension-filled verses and bridges. Bridwell's lyrics aren't exactly upbeat, but your spirits will be too busy soaring with the songs to give a damn. One of '06's best. 4 Stars.

Band of Horses plays the opening of Corndogorama Thurs., June 22, at the Earl.


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