Bold, beautiful images of the wide-open West streamed on a projection screen as Band of Horses played Tuesday night at LC Pavilion, and the Seattle-born group provided a fitting soundtrack: starry-eyed, soaring tunes about love, loss and those buoying visions of hope in a messy, complicated world.
The critical crack about BOH is that they wrote one great album, then recorded it three times. At times, I thought I heard the same song twice. More often, I simply marveled at how exquisitely the band had honed a distinct sound, claimed it and brought it to Columbus in such a powerful, engaging package.
Highlights from the set included: an excited version of "Laredo," the best track from the band's latest LP; the slow-burning "Older"; and a fiery, towering rendition of "The Funeral."
Nearly everything in the one-hour-forty-five-minute performance was solid, engaging and paced perfectly -- evidence that Band of Horses is among the best touring rock bands in America.