sophomore year

Recently two bands that I kind of like released their second albums. I was really excited about both of them because I highly enjoyed both bands' debut efforts. For the most part, they didn't disappoint.

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
This album doesn't have the grand sweeping, orchestral feelings that the first album produced, especially The Funeral, but it's still pretty solid from start to finish. You can tell they're hitting their stride and trying to find their place in the world. While there's nothing extremely outstanding going on it's still really nice to listen to and there are some songs that I really like.

Key tracks: Is There a Ghost, No One's Gonna Love You, Cigarettes and Wedding Bands.

Beirut - Flying Club Cup
This one is the one I like the most of the two. Unlike his debut, Gulag Orkestar, this one sounds less Eastern European than French/Spanish. More accordions, trumpets, strings, but still a bit of the oompa and wailing melodies that gave his debut such a signature sound. There aren't really any stand out hits, but this album is just nicely solid from start to finish. It's been on serious repeat since I bought it a couple of weeks ago.

Key tracks: Nantes, The Penalty, Un Denier Verre.


blythe said...

my new commute savior is elephant gun for some reason. over and over and over again.

d said...

i will now have to check out elephant gun. they'd better be worth my time.

blythe said...

elephant gun = beirut song, right? did i just imagine that? oh dear. lon gisland LP. check it.

d said...

yes. elephant = beirut. it's the one i don't have.