Bridwell has never sounded more assured as a songwriter, exploring bold new ideas and penning some of his most poignant lyrics
There are still enough highlights within its more classic Band Of Horses moments ... to ensure there’s no risk of the band doing a Kings Of Leon.
It may not be their most coherent work, but, bizarrely given the uncertainly about that it wants to be, it is their most accessible.
Mirage Rock manages to stay drunk around the edges when it needs to but sobers up when the songs call for it.
By blending mellow ’70s SoCal folk, heavy ’90s alt-rock, and hints of blander contemporary Southern rock leads to mixed results.
Nothing on Mirage Rock demands repeated playing, but a couple tracks come close.
It’s not that Mirage Rock is by anyone’s definition a bad record, it’s actually a rather accomplished one, slickly made and smoothly played, but it is painfully easy to ignore.
If Infinite Arms was this band treading water, then Mirage Rock is the band sinking into mediocrity.
Mirage Rock is so lightweight and inconsequential that it really does seem more like an illusion than a record; it's wispy and indiscernible, as if the people who made it had no vision for what it should be.