It's no secret that flattering "reviews" on movie posters and album packaging should always be taken with a grain of salt. It's more than common for a few good words from a bad review to show up in bold face as an endorsement of a movie or CD. But I've really got to hand it to the folks moving Band of Horses' largely reviled new album, Infinite Arms, who have put positive marks on the packaging of the album from media outlets who had about as many nice things to say about the album as we did (not much). It's for sale at Starbucks next to Josh Ritter and a Philly Soul record with the following plaudits on the wrapper:
I know, I know, this photo's almost as bad as the record.
People are on this band's side, and with good reason.
If Infinite Arms were, as [frontman Ben] Bridwell suggests, the first Band of Horses record, I doubt we'd be this curious about the third one.
The New York Times:
Authentic and dynamic ... the band clearly has something to say.
This, too, is from a review of the band's SXSW trip, and written by NYT media columnist David Carr. Jon Caramanica, the guy who reviewed Infinite Arms for the Times, doesn't actually seem too thrilled with the record:
The band leans on plain, incredibly legible songs that have little to hide behind; successful in a gestural way, but little more. And the songwriting of the frontman Ben Bridwell, always a little obtuse, has begun to decompose, like sketches drawn from faded memories.
Come one, we may be drinking at Starbucks, but even we know to avoid this one.