BAND OF HORSES RELEASE “NEIGHBOR,” ANNOUNCE ‘ACOUSTIC AT THE RYMAN’ ALBUM

BAND OF HORSES RELEASE “NEIGHBOR,” ANNOUNCE ‘ACOUSTIC AT THE RYMAN’ ALBUM

Joe GransingerThursday,12 December 2013

The Snap:

Band of Horses have announced their forthcoming album, Acoustic at the Ryman, which is due out on February 11th. It will include 11 tracks — one of them being the currently available “Neighbor” — that were all recorded from two separate concerts in Nashville. The band will be starting their nationwide tour on the same day of the album’s release.

You can pre-order the album and buy the new single on iTunes.

The Download:

I absolutely love live albums. It’s not very difficult to sound good in a secluded recording environment with additional ‘enhancements’ at your disposal, but performing live is an entirely different animal. And since Band of Horses are notorious for putting on a good show, the release of a live album was inevitable.

A live version of “Neighbor” — the passionate and calming track from last year’s Infinite Arms LP — was released as the first single from the album, which overall is pretty dull. There’s just not a whole lot to say about the live version that hasn’t already been said about the album version. It is really good, as expected, but other than being about two minutes shorter and including a lot of harmonized vocals that the original didn’t have, it’s pretty much the same — which might be the one weak aspect of the album. There isn’t much excitement when the live version is done so well that it’s nearly identical to the recorded counterpart I already own.

The tracklist covers just about all the songs you‘d expect to sound good in an acoustic form, without any real curveballs or surprise tracks. And while the record is still going to be great – as Youtube has proven that Band of Horses’ live abilities are second to none — I’m not quite sure it’s enough to persuade me to buy the same songs one more time.

You can listen to “Neighbor” below.

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