Air Museum - Mountains
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    This album perhaps best shows the duo able to capture the sense of drone as exaltation, something derived from the choice of instruments used, whether old keyboards, guitars, effects pedals, or further combinations and extrapolations as desired.
  2. 80
    If Mountains deservedly rose to prominence with the critical acclaim of 2009′s Choral, then Air Museum should cement that praise. This album is a serious triumph.
  3. May 24, 2011
    77
    Air Museum lays to rest the shortlist of uncertainties I've pinned on Mountains in the past--mostly by not changing much.
  4. May 27, 2011
    70
    Anderegg and Holtkamp have a gift for crafting beauty at the heart of the flutter, and Air Museum draws a listener in like a moth to a remarkably realistic likeness of a flame.
  5. May 18, 2011
    70
    On Air Museum, they've turned more toward rhythm and pulse. So the melodies now are more like elegant patterns tattooing out micro-rhythms, and the ever-present warm timbral glow the two do so well has become a kind of undertow, a more urgent wave motion.
  6. May 18, 2011
    69
    Mountains are great at maintaining tension--their tracks never feel aimless or inert, even at their most toweringly monumental, like on Air Museum's "Newsprint". So if you liked Choral, here it is with more of everything, for better and for worse.
  7. Jun 21, 2011
    60
    Air Museum sees the Brooklyn duo largely trade computer manipulation for the studio, processing instruments using analogue gear. [July 2011, p. 105]
  8. May 23, 2011
    60
    Air Museums doesn't quite have the same freewheeling energy of Moebius and Roedelius' pioneering kosmische, and at time the music seems to hang oppressively in the air rather, instead of questing forward. [Jun 2011, p.91]
  9. 60
    Mountains had found a way to work in an area which was unexplored and undefined, successfully fashioning their own esthetic. This new direction is taking Mountains away from that specialness and closer to the average.
  10. May 18, 2011
    50
    It's just such a boringly average release that the band seems to have retrogressed into one of the millions of anonymous and pretentious electro-drone bands that exist nowadays.

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