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  • Audio CD (Feb. 18 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • ASIN: B0009W8F92
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Modern Music
2. Don't Run Our Hearts Around
3. Druganaut
4. No Satisfaction
5. Set Us Free
6. No Hits
7. Heart of Snow
8. Faulty Times
9. Druganaut [Multimedia Track]

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Black Mountain's debut charts territories yet unknown yet remains grounded by the roots of classic rock 'n' roll (Black Sabbath, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, "Animals"-era Pink Floyd, Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and Can). This full-length is one part protest song, one part pop cultural commentary, and one part sick-groove-rock casserole peppered with mesmerizing ballads and intoxicating ditties. Four of the five members work as social workers in Vancouver, so their art, music, and problems of the real world aren't made distinct from one another here. They're also current or former members of The Pink Mountaintops, Blood Meridian, Jerk With A Bomb, The Black Halos, Dream On Dreary, Sinoia Caves, and Orphan. CD includes a video by Heather Trawick for "Druganaut". They'll open for Coldplay in the US this August, followed by headlining dates.

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Format: Audio CD
Ok, so you know when you wake up in the middle of the night and you think you hear a noise. You're absolutley frozen, completely alert, and totally focused on one thing. You don't move an inch. You can hardly breathe. Well, that was me the first time I listened to this record. From the opening notes, I was totally transfixed. I just kicked back and listened with that kind of intensity.

I'm not a stoner (anymore), so I'm not accustomed to hearing good stoner music. This self titled debut from Black Mountain is a bluesy, trippy dose of psychedelic/acid rock. It's got some Sabbath in it, some Zeppelin, some Velvet Underground. There's retro guitar work, groovy bass lines, a chunk of kick ass saxaphone playing and some moody, swilrling organ work on this record.

Derivitave? Referential? Yes, but there is enough mojo in their sound to transcend those labels. It is much, much more than the sum of its parts. It is a great rock and roll album. Part of the success of this record is due to the impressive vocals of Stephen McBean and Amber Webber. McBean's deep bluesy voice works well with Webber's smooth but tough pipes. Call me a sicko if you want, but I'd like to hear that woman scream at the top of her lungs.

Is this record worth spending money on? Yes it is. It's a stoner record that even non-stoners can appreciate.
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great cd, the more I listen to them the more I like,You do not have to be a stoner to like them, because I do, its just great music!!!
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By A Customer on Sept. 24 2005
Format: Audio CD
Saw them open up for Coldplay and they were awesome. If you enjoy Pink Floyd and Radiohead, you'll love this band.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d2da68) out of 5 stars The Past -AND- The Future.......... NOW! Buy this Record! March 28 2005
By K Hill - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is simply amazing. A masterpiece. Mark my word, Kevin Hill says this is a masterpiece. I had the chance to see this band live and they will blow your mind. And the members are the most down to earth, sweetest people you could ever meet. I think some of these reviewers haven't even listened to the whole record. They're judging it by the first song, which granted, does sound all velvety strokey kings of leony whatever. BUT the rest is pure 14k Gold. Amber Webber has the voice of an Angel and Stephen McBean soon will be hailed as the great songwriter he deserves to be credited as. Who are these people who write about records on here? Old bitter people who have to sit around and nit pick the artist's influences from their generation and sit around and gripe meanwhile their ears miss the magic that THIS album contains which is NEW music. new REAL music. THere are only so many notes people. Black Mt. WILL be huge. And it couldnt happen to a more worthy band. This cd is great from start to finish, as is Pink Mountaintops, Stephen McBean's other cd. Amber sings on it too. A swell bunch of lads from canada who once they play a bit more round the states WILL have their ah-thor-a-tie! recognized. It is inevitable. But whats cool is I met these folks and shopped cds and vinyl with them and they are genuine down to earth people NOT "hipsters" as the "press" is calling them. They are young music lovers just like you are or you wouldn'yt be reading this. They just so happen to be musically inclined (maybe you are too!) Do Not hesitate, buy this record and Pink Mountaintops and most importantly see them live!!! Come back to Oklahoma soon Black Mountain! Dont forget us when youre on the cover of rolling stone. This album is like Black Sabbath meets Neil Young (ala Buffalo Springfield) dash of hendrix and floyd (especially live) (for all you nit pickers lol) These guys and gal are REAL artists. Not put together by a marketing team. Straight from the hills of Canada where they been smokin and playin some old vinyl in between rehearsal time. Thanks for encouraging me to by that Blue Cheer cd y'all! (They talked me in to buying Blue Cheer "outsideinside" which is a great record btw) buy that one too! check out my cd list under "unobtrusivetones".
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d2dabc) out of 5 stars A Black Mountain Aug. 8 2005
By Isildur? Quite. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The best way I can describe this music is that you don't listen to it, but rather, you experience it. It meanders along, exploring a variety of musical avenues, from uptempto jazzy-sounding numbers like "modern music" to quiet, introspective, and powerful tracks like "set us free", but all the tracks wrap themselves around your head and invade your psyche like you never realized music could.

It's sort of like listening to [Gasp!] Dark Side of the Moon [though of course I'm not saying they're necessarily musically the same], in that no matter how long the songs are, the entire album captivates you for it's entire duration, and after the last note has played, and the album gracefully ends, you feel like you've really experienced something, something that you don't experience often in music nowadays. You could say that you sort of have to be in the right mood to enjoy music like this, but the results can be pretty spectacular. So, well, I recommend this album to anyone looking for some challenging and intricate music, though sometimes the 6 1/2 minute song lengths aren't completely necessary, it's still a powerful and awesome achievement. 4 stars.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d2def4) out of 5 stars A bit derivative, but great promise and real potential Aug. 3 2005
By John L Murphy - Published on
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I was expecting a so-so album of stoner grooves, wailing vocals, and intermittent folk, given the 30-second samples. The fragmentary nature of the songs when heard in bits resolves itself into a return to the album-oriented format of the 70s, when you might pick up a "rock" album to find a rich variety of styles from cut to cut, yet a sequencing that unfolded logically to build a momentum that rose and fell throughout the 40 minutes.

Black Mountain has done this. I don't hear the Sabbath tones others have. It reminds me rather of the eclectic hard rock of the 1970s. While the opening tracks reminded me of Beefheart and Pere Ubu, the album settles into more Crazy Horse territory for much of the length. Neu!, Buffalo Springfield, and the Byrds surface, and early Pink Floyd can be heard later on; the mix of these disparate influences makes for a lovely, unsettling, and restless ambiance. The female vocals appeal far more than the only serviceable male vocals (of the bandleader, of course), however, and this limits the range that this album could have more fully reached. Heart of Snow best shows the harmonious side of the ensemble, and Druganaut their more swaggering manner.

The album works as a succession of moods, and the intelligent if not quite exciting experimentation finds a suitably retro-ish production to match. A problem might be that this is an ensemble more than a fully-fledged band, and the album suffers a bit from a narrower vision of its leader. I believe that if Black Mountain continues, that they will surpass this promising first effort with an amazing follow-up, one or two albums down the line. All of the influences are well-chosen, and the band should integrate them further into their own Northwest blend smoothly.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d2dedc) out of 5 stars Whatever happened to credit for trying...? Nov. 27 2008
By R. Goss - Published on
Format: LP Record
I've been reading some of the reviews and am surprised at how much some people are rippin' on these guys. I'd heard a buzz about them for awhile but never got a chance to listen to them till recently when a friend loaned me the CD.

At first, I just put it in as background music to listen to while I was working. But the next thing I knew, I wasn't able to concentrate on a bloody thing because I was too busy listening! Realize that I do much of my work on my home computer and always have music playing while I do, and rarely--as in, very rarely--does anything distract me from that work. But this album kept hooking me and drawing me in, until finally I just gave up, set the work aside, sat back and let the music do its thing.

I agree with what a lot of the reviewers have said here. Yes, the female vocalist is superb and probably deserves to be featured more prominently. Yes, some of the songs are probably a bit longer than they need to be. Yes, they sound like bits and pieces of other bands.

But even so, this is one of the freshest albums I've heard in awhile, if for no other reason than that they are clearly trying to make something fresh--and that's not an adjective you can use with many bands this group. Each song is different than the one before it, and by the later parts of the album, they sound almost like a completely different band than the one playing the opening tracks.

And for that, I think they deserve a lot of credit.

So, torn between giving them a 4 or 5 stars, I finally went with the 5, mainly for the reason that their effort deserves my vote. To quote another reviewer, these guys are destined to become something great. For the sake of rock, let's hope they do.
25 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d3f3b4) out of 5 stars you know who this band sounds like... Aug. 27 2005
By T. Arnhold - Published on
Format: Audio CD
while everyone is busy debating and worrying over what other bands black mountain sounds like and who they were influenced by, i'm going to quietly steal them and keep them for myself. then it will just be black mountain and me.

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