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Sunday, July 4, 2010

CD of the Week: Infinite Arms

Last summer when Band of Horses played Rams Head Live, the show had the feel of a backporch jam session. Band members casually switched instruments between songs, showcased some of the best selections from Everything All The Time (2006) and Cease to Begin (2007), and threw in a sweet Gram Parsons cover for good measure.

A few years after exploding on the strength of the standout single "Funeral," Band of Horses seemed comfortable developing its sound in a relaxed, live setting. Three years after their sophomore release, Ben Bridwell and company return with Infinite Arms, and the laidback country rock sensibility on display during last year's live show is front and center.

Bridwell's slightly off-kilter falsetto floats over echoing guitars and the tremendously catchy choruses are highlighted by rich harmonies that would do Parsons proud.

Check out the video for "For Annabelle," which Bridwell wrote for his two-year old daughter.

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