Cease to Begin

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Cease to Begin
Studio album by Band of Horses
Released October 9, 2007 (2007-10-09)
Recorded Echo Mountain Studios, Asheville, North Carolina
Genre Indie rock
Length 34:45
Label Sub Pop
Producer Phil Ek
Band of Horses chronology
Everything All the Time
(2006)
Cease to Begin
(2007)
Infinite Arms
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Blogcritics 8/10[2]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
NME 8/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[6]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) [7]
Relevant Magazine 4.5/5[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [9]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars [10]
Twisted Ear 4.5/5 stars [11]

Cease to Begin is the second album by Band of Horses, released on October 9, 2007.

History[edit]

Following the release of their debut album, Everything All the Time, founding members Mat Brooke, Chris Early and Tim Meinig all left the band. Band leader Ben Bridwell recruited Joe Arnone (guitar & keyboards), Creighton Barrett (drums) and Rob Hampton (bass & guitar) as replacements, although Joe Arnone left the band prior to their 2007 tour. Robin Peringer (Modest Mouse - guitar), Matt Gentling (Archers of Loaf - bass) and Ryan Monroe (keyboards) joined the band for the tour, although only Monroe stayed for the recording of Cease to Begin. After the album's release he became a full band member.

The album debuted at number 35 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart[12] and was #47 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[13] It was also a minor hit in Scandinavia, charting in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.[14] Cease to Begin was released in Japan on July 23, 2008 by Tear Bridge Records. The Japanese version featured an enhanced video for "Is There a Ghost" plus three live bonus tracks, including a cover of Ronnie Wood's "Act Together", written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, which he recorded for his album, I've Got My Own Album to Do.

Ben Bridwell described the sound of Cease to Begin, "I guess the first record had some kind of country-ish leanings...I think there's maybe a little bit more of [that] feeling on it, a little more down-home...not so much indie rock."[15]

The first track, "Is There a Ghost", was made available for download on the band's MySpace page on August 28, 2007 and made number 93 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[16] The song became the band's first single to chart in the United States, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[17] The album's second single "No One's Gonna Love You" was featured as a free iTunes download, distributed at Starbucks locations.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Is There a Ghost"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 2:59
2. "Ode to LRC"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 4:16
3. "No One's Gonna Love You"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 3:37
4. "Detlef Schrempf"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 4:28
5. "The General Specific"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett, Monroe 3:07
6. "Lamb on the Lam (In the City)"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 0:50
7. "Islands on the Coast"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 3:34
8. "Marry Song"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 3:23
9. "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 4:35
10. "Window Blues"   Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett 4:01
Japan-only Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "No One's Gonna Love You" (Live BBC session) Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett  
12. "Is There a Ghost" (Live BBC session) Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett  
13. "Act Together" (Live BBC session) Jagger, Richards  
14. "Is There a Ghost" (Enhanced video) Bridwell, Hampton, Barrett  

Album credits[edit]

Band of Horses
  • Ben Bridwell - Lead vocals, guitar.
  • Rob Hampton - Guitar, bass guitar.
  • Creighton Barrett - Drums.
Additional musicians
  • Ryan Monroe - Keyboards.
Technical personnel
  • Phil Ek - producer, mixing
  • Jon Ashley - assistant engineer
  • Julian Dreyer - assistant engineer
  • Cameron Nicklaus - assistant engineer
  • Dusty Summers - design
  • Christopher Wilson - photography

Singles[edit]

  • "Is There a Ghost" (August 28, 2007)
  • "No One's Gonna Love You" (February 25, 2008)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
US Billboard 200 35 [12]
UK Albums Chart 148 [19]
Danish Albums Chart 23 [14]
French Albums Chart 199 [14]
Norwegian Albums Chart 18 [14]
Swedish Albums Chart 57 [14]

Reception[edit]

Cease to Begin received a 78/100 rating on Metacritic[20] and appeared on many "Best of 2007" lists:

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]