Band of Horses

Don't forget My Morning Jacket: Band of Horses might remind you of other bands, but they're all really good ones.

It's one thing to say that Band of Horses is influenced by Built to Spill, The Flaming Lips, and The Shins. But there isn't a single sound on Everything All the Time, the Seattle group's debut, that doesn't come from one of these three influences. Still, it's a pretty inspired aping. Bassist Matt Brooke and singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell spent a decade in the insanely overlooked Carissa's Wierd -- and while they bring little of their old outfit's stubborn originality to Band of Horses, it's got soul to spare. With prairie-size guitars, and vocals thin enough to slip through the cracks between atoms, Bridwell sounds like a one-man philharmonic of pussies as he whines and twangs about funerals, the Great Salt Lake, and weed parties. There's something inherently rigid, limp and tooth-grindingly dull about this brand of indie rock -- and yet Band of Horses, like its more famed forebears, manages to gallop right through the bland barrier.

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