Axis Of Evol - Pink Mountaintops
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. [The songs] are linked by, of all things, an evangelical urgency: McBean self-consciously blends Satan-fearing Louvin Brothers sentiments with the Velvet Underground's narco-messianism and heavy doses of the 1970s California Jesus Movement's rhetoric/vibe.
  2. McBean... decided to have a go at everything. Luckily, he appears to be a natural. [4 Mar 2006, p.31]
  3. 80
    A downbeat, solipsistic but utterly beautiful amalgam of mood-altering substances and 1980s alt.rock. [Mar 2006, p.100]
  4. This is an album about getting shitfaced.
  5. Axis' cover art... gets at Vancouver singer-songwriter Stephen McBean's duality just right. [10 Mar 2006, p.69]
  6. 70
    McBean remains a fascinating prospect. [Apr 2006, p.100]
  7. A set of tracks that sound akin to an amalgamation of John Frusciante's early solo work and the great Skip Spence.
  8. Axis of Evol remains yet another solid release from the Black Mountain frontman.
  9. 70
    The music is a bit harder. [#19, p.104]
  10. 70
    Never mind McBean's more successful other gig; Mountaintops don't get much blacker than this. [#71, p.108]
  11. Axis of Evol may not be a great album. It remains prey to some of McBean’s obnoxious corner-cutting. But it is his most resolute outing to date, certainly the first record he’s made that can be heard front-to-back, repeatedly, without losing most of its shine.
  12. Although this isn't the masterpiece that the self-titled Black Mountain disc was, it certainly gives devotees lots more music to listen to until their next disc comes around.
  13. Axis is an easygoing, engaging listen, an album whose relative triviality easily forgives its flaws.
  14. It certainly isn't breaking any new ground, but the combination of influences does come together in a way that isn't altogether uninteresting. [#13, p.94]
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  1. KevinD
    Mar 11, 2006
    9
    Like an appetizer for the main course that will be the second Black Mountain disk, Axis of Evol tastes great, but doesn't fill you up. A Like an appetizer for the main course that will be the second Black Mountain disk, Axis of Evol tastes great, but doesn't fill you up. A fun mix of acoustic spirituals, and fuzzy programmed beats, the album feels like getting stoned and playing music on your father's four-track on a boring sunday. Full Review »