Cease To Begin - Band of Horses
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  • Summary: The Seattle band's follow-up to their debut album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Cease To Begin, doesn't deviate much from its excellent 2006 debut, "Everything All The Time," the record's relaxed, understated grace is distinctively Southern in its lack of self-consciousness.
  2. The natural maturation of Ben Bridwell's vocals and songwriting, bolstered by an increase in creative control, has yeilded what is easily one of 2007's best albums in Cease to Begin.
  3. Cease to Begin, an album that is deceptively risky in its textured composition and laid-bare emotions. And those subtle risks payoff in a big way, making for one of the great rock records of 2007.
  4. 80
    Cease To Begin is a fine, fitting return to familiar ground. [Fall 2007, p.91]
  5. Instrumentally, subtle use of synths, keyboards and strings now embellish the sharp arrangements and add a new, more mature, depth to the bands sound.
  6. There's much beauty in the modest moments: the gentle, dreamy guitars in the ballad 'Detlef Schrempf,' the Uncle Tupelo–ish tumble of 'The General Specific,' and the instrumental interlude of 'Lamb on the Lam (In the City),' which sounds like the Cure lost in the Appalachia.
  7. With 10 tracks adding up to a mere 34 minutes, this follow-up is much more wan and insubstantial than its predecessor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. GarthE
    Oct 17, 2007
    An excellent 2nd effort from a solid seminal alt-rock band(of horses..ha). "Is There a Ghost" and "Ode to the LRC" are the albums definitive rockers being the first 2 tracks. Tracks 3/4 bring a mellowing of the album to slight pop with beautiful guitar work. Later into the album with a week track 5 the album takes a turn for a southern blues feel. Just an excellent album. No loss with an earlier founding member (guitarist) going off in a different direction and a move from Seattle to the Carolina's. A standard for top 10 of the year, sophmore #1 of the year. Expand
  2. JoseG.
    Oct 18, 2007
    As much as I liked "Everything All The Time", "Cease to Begin" is even better. Highly recommended.
  3. calebr.
    Oct 23, 2007
    Just as great as the first.
  4. Aug 3, 2013
    I saw this band at Lollapalooza yesterday and was so impressed with his voice and charm and the downright quality of the music. In this day when young people are listening to EDM (Electronic Dance Music) I am so glad that there are bands like this who are humans singing into a mike and real instruments, guitars, keyboards and drums playing in the background. Expand
  5. PaulF
    Oct 22, 2007
    Cease to Begin is a solid record. It doesn't have the epic songs from their first album, but it does have a warmth that runs through it. Its more cohesive, but also a shorter listen. Some of the songs seem rushed to get to the end. It would have been interesting to see this band distance themselves from the 3to4 minute song format... Songs like Is There A Ghost and No One's Gonna Love You could have been longer, which would have benefited the songs. You know this band, if they chose to, could write beautiful 8, 10, 12 minute masterpieces if they wanted to. Expand
  6. OlavJ
    Oct 30, 2007
    As mentioned before, the tracks could have been longer but still, I think Cease To Begin is a worthy record and a nice follow up to their previous.
  7. NickA
    Oct 19, 2007
    I don't like talking trash, but this album is simply not very good. i would say: over-produced and uninspired fare

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