Band of Horses’ Cease to Begin
All too often in the indie music scene, artists will attempt to outdo each other's quirkiness or wit, which ends up to be musical ideas with no substance or meaning. Then there's the 2007 Sub Pop release, Cease to Begin by Band of Horses, which calls back to the old days of when artists were only concerned with making good music. Cease to Begin is one of those front-to-back albums that is not afraid to elaborate on where indie has been as well as show where it could go.
Using ethereal guitar melodies and vocal lines reminiscent of The Shins, vocalist/guitarist Ben Bridwell takes listeners on a beautifully landscaped journey clocking in at just over thirty minutes of quality tracks. Highlights include Is There a Ghost, No One's Gonna Love You and The General Specific for sheer beauty and unifying qualities that make up Cease to Begin.
This is one of the important indie albums that reminds us all of why we fell in love with this music in the first place, and gives an optimistic look into the future of indie music. Cease to Begin combines fantastic story telling and strong musical gestures to create a fully loaded album as a worthy follow up to Everything All the Time.