Americana favourites show off their even softer side

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Band Of Horses - 'Acoustic At The Ryman'

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Band Of Horses – ‘Acoustic At The Ryman’

After four albums of likeable Americana, Band Of Horses have carved themselves out a comfortable niche in the US beard-rock canon; difficult to love, perhaps, and lacking a bit of the blustery urgency to be found in the music of, say, My Morning Jacket, but reliable in their own sturdy sort of way. This album, a greatest hits set recorded live and unplugged at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium, shows off the band’s appealing soft side – the harmonies on ‘Everything Gonna Be Undone’ are as beautiful as anything by Fleet Foxes. But the only real lump-in-the-throat moment is ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ – although admittedly, said lump is gobstopper-sized for the duration.

Jamie Fullerton