• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Oct 9, 2007
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic 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. When Cease To Begin rocks out it's euphoric, but there's a mournfulness shadowing each of these insistent melodies that will have you crying even as you smile.
  3. "No revelations in the water, no tears into the booze," Bridwell imparts in closer 'Window Blues,' but Band of Horses keeps demonstrating both.
  4. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 3, 2013
    9
    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 dayI 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    9
    This is a rare feat for a sophomore album. The sound's the same, but that's a good thing. Is There A Ghost, Ode To LRC, and No One's GonnaThis is a rare feat for a sophomore album. The sound's the same, but that's a good thing. Is There A Ghost, Ode To LRC, and No One's Gonna Love You are through fantastic songs that hold the album up, and while the rest aren't fantastic, they're better than filler. All-in-all, this is a very good album and a worthwhile listen. No One's Gonna Love You is one of my all-time favourite songs. Full Review »
  3. OlavJ
    Oct 30, 2007
    8
    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.