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  • Summary: The ten-track live acoustic release from the indie rock band features songs recorded at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in April 2013.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 11, 2014
    85
    Because even if Acoustic at the Ryman doesn’t flow like one natural performance, the cumulative effect of the record presents Band of Horses as a talented group of musicians who are wholly capable of playing live without sonic camouflage or superfluousness.
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    Acoustic At The Ryman is an unplugged album done right. A live record that’s not just for hardcore fans, it’s a must for all lovers of alt.country.
  3. Mar 12, 2014
    75
    Acoustic proves, once and for all, that BOH really is just a straight-up folk/rock band--and a pretty great one, too. [No. 107, p.53]
  4. Feb 19, 2014
    60
    Acoustic at the Ryman isn’t a necessary album by any means but it is reassuring. The musicianship and obvious care that Band of Horses put into this record is a great reminder that they’re far from done and excellent albums might be waiting in the future.
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    While their new setting can't quite extinguish their thoughtful charms, it has trampled on their mystique. [Apr 2014, p.103]
  6. 60
    The only real lump-in-the-throat moment is ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’--although admittedly, said lump is gobstopper-sized for the duration.
  7. Feb 14, 2014
    36
    Acoustic has all the ponderousness of a forgotten episode of MTV Unplugged, and that setting only highlights Band of Horses’ worst tendencies.

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  1. Feb 12, 2014
    10
    Great album. In fact, I saw their show last night at the Wilshire Ebel - opening show on the tour - and while the transitions were a little rough, they do an amazing job with the acoustic sets. The stand-up bass rattled some speakers in the very old facility, but these guys are just incredibly good live. I'm a little surprised that BoH is not a household name by now. Expand