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I Am Mountain [Import]

Gungor Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hither & Yon
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gungor are fantastic 8 Feb 2014
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This album is from one of the best Christian groups in the world. It is amazing and must be listened to. The music is great, the lyrics superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 9 Oct 2013
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A lot of christian music could be played at the front of church for the whole congregation to sing along. It's intended to lead people to a certain place and this works well.

This is not that sort of music.

The style of this music is to take you to a place and let you decide what to think. Take track 2, where the protagonist goes down to Hades to ask the devil to let his wife free. It doesn't preach at you, but suggests and provokes a response.

I definitely responded to this. I am still processing some of the lines, like "He told me all the stories of the world beyond the world."

What also impressed me was not just the style and freedom, but how good this is musically. it reminds me of the Suburbs by Arcade Fire in terms of breadth. There are so many styles covered, but throughout, a theme is maintained and the end result is a consistent album.

I cannot express how much I love this album. It is superb, in every way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great title 5 Nov 2013
By Andrew
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As innovative as ever, Gungor never fail to surprise. Plenty of variety and lyrics which bear repetition. Original and enlightening.
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By Alex
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If you own any of the other Gungor albums, you will know that each one seems to have it's own unique sound - and I'm please to say I Am Mountain is no different. What I find most enjoyable is the creativity behind the whole album - on the first listen I reached the later tracks and still had no idea what the next track would be like. iTunes tried to categorize this album as "pop", but this is not an album which can be squashed so simply into a single genre. 5 stars from me, the best album I have downloaded this year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Go Wrong With Gungor 24 Sep 2013
By Troy McClure - Published on
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I thought long and hard about what rating to give this CD. This is not technically Gungor's best album (more on that below), but even average Gungor is so much better than the majority of music out there, especially on the Christian music scene. I don't know that I've ever found elsewhere the same combination of powerful theology, beautiful lyrics, and complex, stunning musicianship that Gungor produces, and in that respect, this CD is no exception.

As other reviewers have noted, this CD is a bit more experimental than their past ones, which produces many highs and a few lows (I'm not really an auto-tune fan). The musicianship is layered and complex throughout the CD, and each subsequent listen unearths a few new gems. This CD seems to be less about catchy tunes and more about atmospheres of sound. All of this I like.

The reason I decided on giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it's not as good as Ghosts Upon the Earth, which I find to be a stunning, amazing album, one of the best to come out in the last five to ten years, Christian or secular. So for me, the follow-up to that album was bound to disappoint. However, given the drastic difference in styles between these two albums, I can't say I'm disappointed, just sort of surprised. But not in a bad way.

Anyway, if you're new to Gungor, don't start here. If you're a Gungor fan and want to hear the next step of their music evolution, pick up this CD, sit in a dark room, put this CD on, lie back, and ponder the important things in life.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinventing 26 Sep 2013
By McLaineCM - Published on
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Gungor is a group that manages to reinvent themselves every album. "Beautiful Things" was mostly a worship album, while "Ghosts Upon the Earth" told a beautiful story throughout the album.
"I Am Mountain" is not a worship album and it's not a story. This album is more of a journey with ever changing styles and movements. It shows a journey with struggle and raw emotion. Altogether, the music is creative, complex, and innovative. You won't use any of this music to lead worship, but you will have a wonderful experience if you put on a good set of headphones and just listen.
This is not a simple thing to just sing along with. No, this album takes time and effort to truly grasp the artists intentions and meaning.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't Beautiful Things. 24 Sep 2013
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And that's wonderful.

One of my favorite things about Gungor is that they aren't repetitive. They are actual artists who, with each new auditory offering, present to us a brand new album that is an improvement on the last. Michael Gungor probably doesn't care that there will be some people who aren't fans of this album, because this is his heart and soul. This album is going to frustrate and anger some people, but for those who appreciate Gungor more for their God given talent in creating thoughtful music in a variety of genres and less for their ability to write super sing along-y songs that you'll complain about singing over and over again at church in 6 months, this is an album you should listen to.

Songs that I've listened to repeatedly: I Am Mountain, Beat of Her Heart, Let it Go, God and Country, The Best Part.

God and Country and Beat of Her Heart are probably going to get Gungor the most amount of flak.

"God and Country" is birthed out of a blog post written by Michael Gungor (at least that's what it sounds like to me) about America's fascination with guns and war and how that's affected us as a country. I'm excited that there's diversity of thought on this issue in christian circles. I think it's okay to admit that we're not unified on stances like gun control and war. And I think it's okay to listen to music that maybe challenges your thoughts on these issues. Don't close your ears just because the song mentions "hell" in a non christian-ese manner.

"Beat of Her Heart" is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. I can only imagine that there will be some who say "Dude's got the whole bible from which to pull inspiration, and he goes to Greek myth instead?" Before you toss this album in disgust, remember that C.S. Lewis rewrote the ancient Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, and he's still a widely read christian author. The song is good and acts as a showcase for Gungor's considerable classical guitar skills.

This is a solid album. Add "Let It Go" to your next dance party mix. Go to sleep to "Wandering" and "The Best Part."

Enjoy the sounds varying from sounding like Florence and the Machine to Bon Iver to four-on-the-floor The Black Keys, to just a little bit, Ennio Morricone. This is a diverse compilation of music and I say give it a listen.
61 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Musically great, lyrically disappointing 24 Sep 2013
By bE - Published on
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I love Gungor.

I REALLY DO. I swear.

The music on this album is top notch. Very creative and instrumental. I think that the band gives an excellent pallet for any musical taste given. As a muscian (and not a great one at that), it's always refreshing to hear a band that can constantly do music well. And I've yet to encounter a time where Gungor has not done that. Pop. Folk. Electro. Alternative. Each of these are highlighted and they do an excellent job at each of them. If you don't appreciate a varied approach to music, this may not be the album for you. But if you enjoy any band that will not give you the standard musical 1 - 4 - 6m - 5 chord progression, then you will be enamored at their giftings.

However, there is a major catch to this. And I know that the "Music Lovers" will not appreciate it, but it must be said. The lyrics are truly disappointing, and my reason why is detailed below.

This is NOT a worship album. This is not an album that brings ultimate Glory to Jesus. If you're looking for that, check out their previous work. They are very creative in delievery, but not in content. Michael Gungor is really delving into New Age/Eastern Mysticism rhelms (as detailed by his book "The Crowd, The Critic, and The Muse"), and this is totally highlighted in this work, especially if you can hear their words at the end of the very last song (They are panned hard right and left to make it very hard to hear, but the message is very apparent if you can understand what they say.) I don't necessarily blame them for looking elsewhere to find life and acceptance. I blame the American church for pressing men and women who live life in the spotlight as themselves to keep a pinpoint accuracy of perfected performance of Christianity while they maintain a hypocritical stance and mock them while they are down or figuring out why life is so difficult. If Gungor is ever to read this, I still love you and really believe in you. And I can promise that Jesus is with you in the midst of your Hell you are experiencing now.

Again, I know that I'm going to get flack from people saying that "You're being judgemental." or "Not all Christian music has to sing about Jesus." That's ok. I don't have a problem with that. If there is anyone who should not be judgemental or belittling because of ones experiences, it is surely me and the Hell that I have personally experienced.

What I do not want is for those who are expecting another Gungor worship album to buy this album and then smear their name all across the internet as "False Prophets" or "Shameful Christians." This is a great musical album, but it is not about happiness and resolve. It is a message of hurting people looking for love, acceptance, and identity in the midst of Hell. And, if I was ever able to meet the band, I would invite them into my home, feed them an incredible meal, cry with them in their frustrations and failures, and give them a "Place where they belong."

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Listening 10 Oct 2013
By Brian Wallen - Published on
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I can't stop listening to this album. I don't know what higher compliment I could give; but this is quite simply a masterful piece of art. The title track springs forth from the speakers with a palpable sense of joy, as Michael and Lisa convey the amazing nature of our creation. ("Constellations made of us" = we are made of stardust.)

It's no accident that "Beat of Her Heart" is the second track. By the time you've heard the first two songs, you will realize that this album is more than anything, an expression of humanity. It's about the life, death, and struggle that we all face in the world. As such, there are dark moments. The Greek legend of Orpheus is a tragic tale, and Gungor finds a way to humanize it. It's a sign of things to come on the record.

There are so many influences that can be heard on this record. "Wandering" is straight out of the Bon Iver/Kanye West playbook. I hear elements of Phoenix, Arcade Fire, and Peter Gabriel at various moments. There are some negative reviews out there, because this is a very challenging record. It takes a deeply questioning, open mind to appreciate the ideas that Gungor puts forth in this lyrics. But if you open your mind, and your heart, to this record, you will be rewarded in a big way. If you are a narrow minded Evangelical Christian, it probably isn't for you. Otherwise, I think you'll be amazed.
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