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This week’s music purchases

Filed Under: New Releases

Written by Brendan

Thursday May 20, 2010

It’s been a few years since the last Band of Horses release, so obviously I’ve been eagerly awaiting their new release, “Infinite Arms.” I was pretty disappointed in the first listen, but am slowly working my way into more rotations, and things are definitely looking up. I think my biggest complaint is that Ben Bridwell’s voice (and the accompanying reverb) has always so powerfully defined the band’s sound, but their latest effort seems to have toned that down. It’s not that they still aren’t making quality music — it’s that I feel much less of an emotional connection to it. You can stream the full album at the band’s website via the link above.

I also picked up “Brothers” from The Black Keys, “Revolutions Per Minute” from Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek) and “Saul” from The Whitsundays. The Black Keys continue to prove that two people can make an incredibly diverse and expansive collection of music, and I highly recommend their new album. I’m definitely undergoing a bit of a hip-hop renaissance, and Reflection Eternal is proving to be a wonderful vehicle for my trip down memory lane. I’m actually just listening to The Whitsundays for the first time now, so not much to report there as yet.

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms Black Keys - Brothers Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute

The Whitsundays - Saul

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3 Responses to “This week’s music purchases”

  1. Eric says:

    There’s a special shout out to you on track 3. Listen to it a couple of times and you’ll catch it.

    • Eric says:

      Oops, I mean track 3 of the BoH album.

      • Brendan says:

        HA! that’s an excellent catch – he actually does a very good job of making that just blend right into the song like it never happened.