Cease to Begin

Cease to Begin
Cease to Begin
Studio album by Band of Horses
Released October 9, 2007 (U.S.)
July 23, 2008 (Japan)
Recorded Echo Mountain Studios, Asheville, North Carolina
Genre Indie rock
Length 34:45
Label Sub Pop Records
Producer Phil Ek
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Band of Horses chronology
Everything All the Time
Cease to Begin
Infinite Arms

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



Guitarist Rob Hampton

Following the release of their debut album, Everything All the Time, founder 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[1] and was #47 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[2] It was also a minor hit in Scandinavia, charting in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.[3] 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."[4]

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.[5] The song became the band's first single to chart in the United States, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[6] The album's second single "No One's Gonna Love You" was featured as a free iTunes download, distributed at Starbucks locations.

Track listing

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

  • Phil Ek - producer
  • Jon Ashley - assistant engineer
  • Julian Dreyer - assistant engineer
  • Cameron Nicklaus - assistant engineer
  • Dusty Summers - design
  • Christopher Wilson - photography

Band members

  • Ben Bridwell - Lead vocals, guitar.
  • Rob Hampton - Guitar, bass guitar.
  • Creighton Barrett - Drums.
Additional musicians
  • Ryan Monroe - Keyboards.


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

Chart performance

Chart Peak
US Billboard 200 35 [1]
UK Albums Chart 149 [8]
Danish Albums Chart 23 [3]
French Albums Chart 199 [3]
Norwegian Albums Chart 18 [3]
Swedish Albums Chart 57 [3]

Cease to Begin tracks in popular culture

  • "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands" was used in the game Guitar Hero 5.
  • "Is There a Ghost" was used in Season 2 of the TV series Fringe in episode 21, "Northwest Passage."[9]
  • "Is There a Ghost" and "No One's Gonna Love You" are available as downloads for the Rock Band series via the Rock Band Network.
  • "Is There A Ghost" was used in the 2010 film Due Date.[10]
  • "No One's Gonna Love You" was used in Season 5 of the TV series One Tree Hill in episode 6, "Don't Dream It's Over"[11]
  • "No One's Gonna Love You" was used in the 2009 film Zombieland.[12]
  • "No One's Gonna Love You" was used in Season 1 of the TV series Chuck in episode 10, "Chuck Versus the Nemesis."[13]
  • "No One's Gonna Love You" was used in Season 5 of the TV series Numb3rs in episode 23, "Angels and Devils"[14]
  • "The General Specific" was used in Season 1 of the TV series Gossip Girl in episode 11, "Roman Holiday."[15]
  • "The General Specific" was used in Season 1 of the TV series Chuck, in episode 3, "Chuck Versus the Tango."[16]

Cover versions

  • Cee-Lo Green has recorded a cover of "No One's Gonna Love You" for his 2010 album The Lady Killer.[17]
  • Renee Fleming has recorded a cover of "No One's Gonna Love You" for her album her 2010 album Dark Hope.


Cease to Begin received a 78/100 rating on Metacritic[18] and appeared on many "Best of 2007" lists:

  • Austin Chronicle, Doug Freeman, #1 album of 2007
  • Delusions of Adequacy, #9 album of 2007
  • Filter Magazine, #2 album of 2007
  • The Onion AV Club, #5 album of 2007
  • Paste Magazine, #9 album of 2007


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