Sure, it's borderline country if not outright rockabilly. Call it what you like, but 'Lamb On The Lam (In The City)' is currently my favourite track from Band of Horses' upcoming new album Cease to Begin. This toe-tapper features Ben Bridwell's newly confident and clear vocals, is infused with honky-tonk piano tinkling and layered acoustic guitars, and conveys a spirit of earnest Southern hospitality.
I can't stop listening to 'Ode To LRC' either; it is the album's second track and fits perfectly in its place following Cease to Begin's opener 'Is There A Ghost'. It starts off as a typical BOH rockout that wouldn't have been out of place on previous album Everything All The Time, but the track's fantastic tempo changes are masterfully pulled off and hint at the new level of maturity achieved by the band that can be heard throughout the album. And when Bridwell sings "the world is such a wonderful place" at the song's close, you know he really believes it.
Bridging the Atlantic already gave you all the new album details a little while ago. Now the album has been leaked, and after a few cursory listens it would appear that it could be as solid as Everything All The Time. In addition to the tracks mentioned above, 'Cigarettes, Wedding Bands' and 'No One's Gonna Love You' are growers that impress me more with each subsequent listen. Even 'Islands On The Coast', clocking in at just 52 seconds, is a microcosm of beauty that you'll want to hear over and over again. Considering that EATT was in many a blogger's top ten album list for 2006 (including mine), this could be major.
I'll be picking up my copy of Cease to Begin on October 9th; you should too.
Band of Horses - Ode To LRC