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  • Vinyl (21 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B0010DEY6M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I can't stop listening to this album to be quite honest. Black Mountain are a band that manage to give direct nods to great old bands and artists such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and The Velvet Underground without ever sounding like a pale imitation (Wolfmother/The Darkness). They actually sound very fresh and new. The album contains a wonderful mixture of styles ranging from thumping hard rock and spacey progressive rock to gentle folk music. It's refreshing to see a modern band really lay down some big tremendous riffs that don't just sound like noise. Organs, mellotrons and synthesizers drone in and out of each track creating these deep sonic atmospheres that are really quite wonderful to listen to and experience. They are also not afraid of asking for a little patience and attention from the listener too - the epic track, Bright Lights, goes on for over sixteen minutes! There is not one dull track on this album, the arrangements and musicianship displayed in each song is quite masterful. If you're a fan of early seventies rock music and looking for something new I suggest you buy it.
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Very very occasionally in the 35 years I have been buying music an album comes along which blows away my cynacism and grabs holds of both of my earholes, gets under my skin and into my phsyce. This is one of those albums.

This really is an absolutely outstanding album, a candidate for album of the year already. The influences are very clear Purple, Sabbath, Floyd, Spiritulized, Uriah Heep, Bowie and yes Evil Ways does indeed sound like Wolfmother. All of these things are good, very good indeed. With a liberal sprinkeling of stunning originality and a drummer obviously taught by Thor, the God of Thunder, himself thrown in for good measure. I love it.

The slow ones are addictive the fast ones really rock, most have a combination of both. The band create a real tension throughout which makes foor compelling listening.

The stand out track has to be Bright Lights from the hypnotic opening through the heavy sections which gallop(like Lizzy on speed but with low tuning) to the extended organ section which has some marvellous bass. Stormy High sets the scene (it still sounds similar to Shoot the Runner by Kasabian to me!). The music ducks and dives, twists and turns keeping interest levels high through the album. I challenge any one not to become totalling addicted to Queens Will Play a seductive riff building and challenging all the way.

Dont even think about it buy this album now, it'll be the best thing you do for yourself in 2008.
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Not that you'd know it - what with this only being their second album - but Black Mountain main-man Stephen McBean has been around a long time. Then again, the tell-tale signs are all here: after all, you don't get to be this good at writing riffs overnight. And make no mistake, these are some of the best you'll hear all year - be they colossal, pedal-to-the-metal behemoths ('Stormy High') or delicate, exquisitely-crafted gems that lodge themselves in your brain and remain there for several days ('Wucan').

Every descriptive term used by previous reviewers - swirling, psychedelic, folky - is entirely apt, as are the references to the musical greats of the past. For those with a more modern taste, however... well, comparisons are little scarce. Not because Black Mountain sound old-fashioned, because they don't - and in fact, there is a distinct vivacity to these songs that makes a large proportion of the current crop of mainstream favourites sound extremely tired and dated. It's just that there isn't really anyone doing anything similar. That said, you may hear elements of My Morning Jacket, Queens of the Stone Age and the criminally underrated Oneida, so if they're among the artists on your current playlist, or you're one of the few listeners out there that doesn't get bored of a song after three minutes, this might just be your new favourite band.

Matt Pucci
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Black Mountain exists in a swirl of heavy, grimy, vaguely psychedelic hard-rock, redolent of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin (with maybe a touch of the Velvet Underground and Pink Floyd).

And the band is in fine shape in their sophomore album "In The Future" -- they introduce some new musical twists, while still keeping their signature sound. It's a powerful, intense collection of hard-rockers, but with a few softer songs sprinkled in to show their range.

It opens with a grimy riff, a dark stomping bassline, and some smashing drums -- and for a minute, the appropriately-named "Stormy High" whips itself into a barely-restrained frenzy. When Stephen McBean's wailing vocals join the mix, the song straightens out into a solid, intense rocker that blasts its way down, reeking of classic rock concerts and apocalyptic fury.

Having reeled you in, Black Mountain turns out the bluesy "Angels," with McBean lamenting, "Come on, lay your head on down/angels, lay your arms around/every city's singing saddened songs...." And that quieter song is echoed in some of the others -- mournful folkiness, haunting fuzzy songs, or the ethereal closing lament "Night Walks."

But they haven't abandoned the harder music, thankfully. This is where their real power erupts out -- simmering hard-rock, gritty psychedelica wound with synth, stormy twisting electro-metal, and the penultimate song -- a seventeen-minute epic journey through explosive hard-rock, solemn organ instrumentals, and an earsplitting finale.

Whoo. What a ride. It's been only three years since Black Mountain came out with their self-titled album and EP -- it was great music, but still raw and unformed.
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