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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ROADRUNNER UK
  • ASIN: B00IMTOK84
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The UK’s favourite Kentucky rockers, Black Stone Cherry are set to release their fourth studio album, Magic Mountain through Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Soundgarden, Tool) at his Californian studio base. “A lot of rock music today doesn’t have any soul. It’s all really bland,” observes bassist Jon Lawhon. “There’s no attitude, no heart. We all grew up on ‘70s rock, Southern Rock, country music and bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. On this album, more so than ever, those elements are all in the forefront.” The universal appeal and undeniable authenticity of Black Stone Cherry's rock anthems has won them an increasingly diverse and international fanbase (as evidenced by the #1 debut of ‘Folklore and Superstition’ on the UK’s rock album chart), converting unbelievers while playing huge arenas with rock royalty like Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Nickelback, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alter Bridge. “We’ve made our fanbase the old school way,” Ben Wells notes. “Radio has supported us and we have really appreciated that, but it’s when people see us live that they really fall in love with us. We wanted that to come across with the sound of this album.” “We didn’t want to make a cookie cutter record and our label team and producer were down with that vision,” continues drummer John Fred Young. “We wanted to come out with our balls out and blow everyone away, so that’s what we did this time. There’s no holding back.” ‘Holding On…To Letting Go’, a stand-up-and-take-notice heavy rocker opens the album with bravado. ‘Runaway’ is probably the most mainstream track the band has ever written, yet still maintaining the heavy bite that is their signature. Barresi encouraged the band to let loose with the Ted Nugent-meets-Aerosmith vibe of ‘Fiesta Del Fuego,’ a personal favorite for Wells. Lead single, the gritty, bluesy ‘Me & Mary Jane’ is currently lighting up rock radio playlists and offering a taste of what’s to come. 2014 looks to be the year that Black Stone Cherry step it up once again and stake their claim on the big league.

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Finally, BSC's fourth has arrived and I was praying it was going to be better than the slightly disappointing 'Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' - even though it contained some gems. Magic Mountain is twice as good as the third album; I was completely blown away by the monstrous first single 'Me And Mary Jane' which is definitely a contender for the best BSC song ever. Its catchy tune, great riffs, amazing vocals and mad drumming make it one of the best on the new album.

Best Tracks:

'Holding On...To Letting Go' - A great opener to the album. This song uses the Black Sabbath technique of swung quavers in a heavy rock song which is very effective and the screeching guitar solo is awesome.

'Peace Pipe' - Pure gold and an addictive chorus that you can't get out your head. The brilliant guitar work continues throughout the whole song with a strong bass line and, as in every track, the drumming will amaze you.

'Me And Mary Jane' - Genius

'Blow My mind' - This song contains the best riffs BSC has ever come up with along with a rocking verse and chorus.

'Sometimes' - The second and last ballad on the album and what a cracker! An outstanding vocal performance alongside pleasant acoustic guitar and passionate lyrics really gives this song some emotion.

'Dance Girl' - It has everything: a funky intro, electric sound effects and a classic duel guitar solo.

'Hollywood In Kentucky' - Just wow. This is exactly how Hollywood would be in Kentucky! It has a surpising yet tremendous ending that you have to listen to.

'Remember Me' - The longest track the Kentucky rockers have done; just over 6 minutes. It opens with a creepy electronic sound that pops up again in various points in the song.
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As a Black Stone Cherry fan I just don't have the heart to give them less than 3 stars.

That might not make sense and I agree it is a strange thing to say, let me explain. I have been a big BSC fan since I took a chance on their first album. I couldn't wait for their second album Folklore and superstition and it didn't disappoint. It is my favourite album by them and one of my favourites in my collection. The 'difficult' third album then, or maybe not so difficult for BSC. Another great album although maybe straying from the raw southern rock feel that they had originally....

Now to Magic Mountain. I'm afraid I just can't get into it. I wanted to like it but it just doesn't work for me. I'm not sure why, they seem to have lost their original sound in this album and the songs seem a bit disjointed to me.
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I'm fairly new to the BSC world but this is great,a quite superb album,all the usual references are there that people have mentioned thru the reviews of their various releases,Sabbath/Zeppelin power and riffs,a touch of Southern rock and if i may,to my ears,i hear little nods to Masters of Reality circa the 'Blue Garden' disc.

There isnt really any weak moments here,most of the tracks have a groove of their own but combine catchy sing along choruses,such as 'Holding on to letting go' and 'Bad luck to hard love' while the excellent 'Peace Pipe' has a refrain with a commercial sheen that still rocks , the sort of level Bon Jovi could have reached had he got some dirt under his finger nails.

The rest stunning classic rock with the likes of single 'Me and Mary Jane' and 'Hollywood in Kentucky' holding the candle for Southern rock. Beast track,a close call but the Title track gets me every time..

A 5 star release,easily,if this doesnt take them to the top,nothing will
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Fantastic album!!!!!
Often when buying a new album there may be a few you really like and a few "meh" tracks. With this album, it is not the case. Each and every song has a strong sense of emotion and thought put into it. Chris Robertson's voice is still outstanding with no loss of power, however I will say that this album is slightly different to the previous ones (much like "All Hope Is Gone-Slipknot 2008) and again both albums although different than their predecessors are simply masterpieces. Songs like "Me and Mary Jane", "Magic Mountain", "Fiesta Del Fuego" and "Holding On To Letting Go" are a few of the highlights, with another different, more mellow country number (Hollywood in Kentucky- BTW great live ;) ) still proving to be an amazing song. In short, just buy it.
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I was very reserved about buying this after BSC's 2011 effort. Despite having a couple of good tracks, BTDATDBS had me worried that the band might have been irreparably commercialised by Roadrunner in the same way as Nickelback.

With Magic Mountain, the band has gone back to seriously heavy modern riffage combined with all the classic rock trimmings and that's exactly what really turned me on to them in the first place. The first track's switch to half time in the verse was breathtaking the first time I heard it.

At times I feel they might have made their songs a little gimmicky with the drugs references- it makes the band sound a bit like teenagers who've just tried weed for the first time. With that said, 'Peace Pipe' is probably my favourite track from the album.

Not as many soppy ballads in this one, but by far the most disappointing track is 'Hollywood in Kentucky' which is just cringe-worthy with Chris affecting a more pronounced southern accent ('corn bread and buddhurr') that he would never normally use. It's a bit of a blemish on an otherwise commendable album. I'm very happy I gave them the benefit of the doubt!
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