Mirage Rock

Release date
18 Sep 2012
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Knock Knock 3:58 111,167
2 How To Live 3:27 57,186
3 Slow Cruel Hands Of Time 3:50 80,764
4 A Little Biblical 2:54 50,749
5 Shut-In Tourist 4:09 47,412
6 Dumpster World 3:43 46,369
7 Electric Music 3:32 42,758
8 Everything's Gonna Be Undone 3:19 44,535
9 Feud 2:56 48,373
10 Long Vows 3:43 38,470
11 Heartbreak On The 101 4:01 36,969

About this album

The Knock Knock Songfacts states that the album title is partly a play on words, as frontman Ben Bridwell wrote a lot of the songs in his garage. Keyboardist Ryan Monroe explained to Streaming service Spotify, the band, “also like that idea that rock music itself is like a mirage, you get too close to it and there’s nothing there.”

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  • Just_Moe

    Same here, rickysbutler. Always liked them, never been a huge fan. Had this album lying around for quite a while before finally giving it the first spin - and it blew me away. Really enjoying it, especially "How to live" and "Feud", Sorry to see so many fans being diappointed.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rickysbutler

    One of those few moments where I just don't understand the overwhelmingly strong opinion to an album that opposes my own almost completely. With no prior knowledge of this album or its reception, having not listened to Band of Horses in years (&, while liking them, I never considered myself much of a fan), I popped on my headphones for an early 6 a.m. hike into the mountains of SoCal not so many months ago and played this little guy. Absolutely magical; a new-found adoration for BOH as the sun rose and started reaching through those high trees, as the temperature warmed.... Basically I bobbed the hell out of my head and felt good, refreshed about everything for however many minutes. It was, oddly, a perfect series of moments in a mostly-perfect day. Put this on--loud--and take an early morning hike.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sunzy

    I am enjoying this album, it just hasn't caught me the same way EATT did... Heh

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • Sunzy

    I think this along with Infinite Arms are their weaker albums compared to the wonderful EATT and CTB. Is it something to do with leaving Sub Pop? Could be...

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • ohh1972

    This is such a good album. First full album I've heard of them and took a few listens to get into it. Slow Cruel Hands Of Time, Electric Music, and Heartbreak On The 101 are the best. Sunset cruising.

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • lloydy100

    I like to pretend this album doesn't exist, that way Band of Horses stay as one of my favourite bands.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Cheekeemunkee

    My initial reaction to Mirage Rock was much like everyone else's below. After a few listens, it started to grow on me and now it's the album I listen to most. The melodies take a little longer to stick but once they do, that's it. I don't find it lacking emotion or anything. I think the flat production is really blocking out an otherwise great album.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Dosva

    Really pathetic... it's like they drained their music of almost all it's emotion.

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • milann89

    Just a few traces of Band of Horses. Not a bad album overall, but not a Band of Horses album. That being said, Heartbreak On The 101 is great.

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Kawwaveh

    Really bad

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Langungon

    Their worst. Definitely.

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jonatas_90

    Their weakest album, but still think it's good!

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • youthcomingup

    Offensive in its blandness. So fucking disappointed.

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Sex-assistant

    Honestly, my only impression is: what the fuck and why? [2]

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Almost-Unreal

    So I'm not the only one who's disappointed after the first listening to the album... Honestly, my only impression is: what the fuck and why?

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • audiot

    good but not so special

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • richardtrapp

    meu, muito bom!

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
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    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • grohl17

    After a first listening to the album, I found it extremely disappointing and boring compared to Infinite Arms which I consider as one of the best albums I've ever listened to. So i guess I shall give Mirage Rock another chance just for this reason.

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • raffy_rillo

    I find this new record mediocre & lacks soul unlike their previous albums. The first half of this album is weak but quickly regains its stance after the second half.

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
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