Why Are You OK

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Why Are You OK
Band of Horses - Why Are You OK (Album Cover).jpg
Studio album by Band of Horses
Released June 10, 2016
Genre Indie rock, Southern rock
Length 49:00
Label Interscope
Producer Jason Lytle
Band of Horses chronology
Mirage Rock
(2012)Mirage Rock2012
Why Are You OK
Singles from Why Are You OK
  1. "Casual Party"
    Released: April 24, 2016
  2. "In A Drawer"
    Released: May 11, 2016
  3. "Solemn Oath"
    Released: May 26, 2016

Why Are You OK is the fifth studio album by indie rock band Band of Horses, released on June 10, 2016 on Interscope. Produced by Jason Lytle, of the band Grandaddy, the album was preceded by the singles "Casual Party", "In A Drawer" and "Solemn Oath". It is the band's last album with guitarist Tyler Ramsey and bassist Bill Reynolds, who left the group in 2017.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Engine Start Media7.4/10[4]
Pitchfork Media6.0/10[6]
Consequence of SoundB-[7]

The album received a score of 71 out of 100 on review aggregator website Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable" reviews from critics.[3] Engine Start Media gave the album a 7.4/10 rating stating that "Band of Horses certainly have some gems on this record even though they don't make any legitimate breakthroughs on this album. They for most part follow the same formula that made their last two album successful which is to paint pretty pictures of love while simultaneously questioning their security with their interactions with women. This Nick Drake type method works and this nostalgic approach makes a beautiful backdrop for a spontaneous trip to the beach." ClockSound gave the album a 7/10 rating stating that "It is a return to the maturity of 2010 and it offers us a string of melodies which, not only reminded us why we loved them in the first place, but made us sing again their songs".


Publication Accolade Year Rank
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016

Track listing[edit]

1."Dull Times / The Moon"Benjamin Bridwell7:00
2."Solemn Oath"Bridwell4:00
4."Casual Party"Bridwell3:53
5."In a Drawer" (featuring J. Mascis)Bridwell, Jason Lytle3:58
6."Hold on Gimme a Sec"Lytle1:12
7."Lying Under Oak"Bill Reynolds, Bridwell3:57
8."Throw My Mess"Bridwell3:13
9."Whatever, Wherever"Bridwell4:13
10."Country Teen"Tyler Ramsey3:21
11."Barrel House"Bridwell4:48
12."Even Still"Reynolds, Bridwell5:23


Chart (2016) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 83
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12] 58
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[13] 53
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 72
Irish Albums (IRMA)[15] 23
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[17] 20
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[18] 31
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 40
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 37
US Billboard 200[22] 19


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  2. ^ Reynolds, Bill (2 May 2017). "I'd like to thank all the beautiful folks I have met out there on the road with Band of Horses". Facebook. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Why Are You OK? by Band of Horses | Metacritic". CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ Harris, Damani (2016-06-13). "Band of Horses - Why Are You Ok Album Review". theenginemedia.portfolik.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  5. ^ Raptis, Vassilis (2016-06-12). "Band of Horses - Why Are You Ok". clocksound.gr. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Ian (14 June 2016). "Why Are You OK Review". Pitchfork Media. 
  7. ^ Kivel, Adam (15 June 2016). "Why Are You OK Review". Consequence of Sound. 
  8. ^ "Albums of the Year". Rough Trade. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
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  15. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 24, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
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  18. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Band of Horses – Why Are You OK". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
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  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  22. ^ "Band of Horses Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2016.