Acoustic at the Ryman [Live]

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Magnet
    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. 75
    Acoustic at the Ryman won’t change your opinions if you’re indifferent to or just plain dislike Band of Horses. However, if you stand with Bridwell’s warmth, there’s joy from the very first harmony. Arenas be damned.
  5. Feb 11, 2014
    70
    Frontman Ben Bridwell's vocals are perfectly suited to the change-up, as are most of the songs here. Band of Horses' 2006 breakout single, "The Funeral," fares the poorest.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 6, 2014
    70
    These dead-earnest takes are suffused with existential melancholy, as the group's feathery vocals bring uplift to the heavy emotional burden of the songs. [Mar 2014, p.71]
  7. Feb 6, 2014
    70
    With the same soft rock moods of America, the Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, or American Beauty-era Grateful Dead, the decreased volume leaves the songs every bit as moody and ominous as their more electric studio versions, but far clearer.
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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 littleGreat 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. Full Review »