Everything All the Time

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Everything All the Time
Studio album by Band of Horses
Released March 21, 2006
Recorded Avast Studios
Genre Indie rock
Length 36:06
Label Sub Pop
Producer Band of Horses, Phil Ek
Band of Horses chronology
Tour EP
Everything All the Time
Cease to Begin

Everything All the Time is the debut album of indie rock band Band of Horses and was released on March 21, 2006 on Sub Pop Records. It features new versions of five of the six songs from the band's Tour EP, some with different titles. The album is the only one to feature original band members Mat Brooke, Chris Early and Tim Meinig.


Joe Arnone (with Barrett behind)

Everything All the Time features the band's original four-piece lineup, although both Tim Meinig and Sera Cahoone receive drumming credits.[1] Discussing the album's sound, band leader Ben Bridwell said, "I thought before recording that I really wanted an ELO-sounding record, with strings and keyboards and synths, but then, as we got closer to it, we wanted to take a more raw approach." Regarding its lyrics, he added, "A lot of these songs didn't really come from any lyric writing, let alone any singing ability. A lot of the ways the words are sung were meant to hide or mask what's being said. But there are definitely words. I wrote 'em down on paper and everything."[2]

The band performed the first single from the album, "The Funeral", on the Late Show with David Letterman.[3] By that time Brooke, Meinig and Early had all left the band and had been replaced by Joe Arnone (keyboards, guitar), Rob Hampton (guitar, bass) and Creighton Barrett (drums). "The Funeral" has been used extensively in film, TV, video games and advertisements.

The two tracks with lyrics written by Mat Brooke, "I Go to the Barn..." and "St. Augustine" feature co-lead vocals by Brooke and Bridwell although Brooke's vocals are much quieter than Bridwell's. A demo version of "I Go to the Barn..." titled "I'd Like to Think" was recorded by Brooke and Bridwell as Nov 16, a short lived project between Carissa's Wierd and Band of Horses. On the Nov 16 version, Bridwell's vocals are much quieter than Brooke's. Neither "I Go to the Barn..." nor "St. Augustine" were played live after Brooke's 2006 departure from the band until December 2012, when both songs reappeared in their live setlist.

The album was a minor hit in Scandinavia, appearing in the lower reaches of both the Swedish and Norwegian album charts.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Delusions of Adequacy (favorable) link
Drowned in Sound (8/10) link
Pitchfork Media (8.8/10) link
PopMatters (6/10) link
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) link
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars link
Stylus Magazine (B+) link
Tiny Mix Tapes (4.5/5) link

The album was generally well received by critics. It has a score of 78 out of 100 from 24 critics on the website Metacritic.[5] Pitchfork Media placed Everything All the Time at number 109 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The First Song"   3:43
2. "Wicked Gil"   2:57
3. "Our Swords"   2:26
4. "The Funeral"   5:21
5. "Part One"   2:36
6. "The Great Salt Lake"   4:45
7. "Weed Party"   3:09
8. "I Go to the Barn Because I Like The"   3:06
9. "Monsters"   5:21
10. "St. Augustine"   2:41

All songs written by Band of Horses, lyrics by Bridwell, except 8 & 10 lyrics by Brooke.


  • Ben Bridwell - Vocals, electric guitar (2,4,6,7), pedal steel (1,8,9), bass (3), piano (2)
  • Mat Brooke - Electric guitar (1,2,4,6,7,9), acoustic guitar (4-6,8-10), vocals (8,10), banjo (9), e-bow (4)
  • Chris Early - Bass guitar (1-9)
  • Tim Meinig - Drums (1,4,6,7)
  • Sera Cahoone - Drums (2,3,5)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums 25 [7]
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 31 [7]
UK Albums Chart 191 [8]
Norwegian Albums Chart 25 [4]
Swedish Albums Chart 58 [4]