In The Future


Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Loud-quiet-loud has never been so dizzying.
  2. This is a wonderfully zealous experience, bristling with realised potential and fulfilled ambition.
  3. Alternative Press
    What really impresses on the quintet's sophomore stunner is the way Black Mountain effortlessly shift from devastating to devastatingly beautiful. [Feb 2008, p.117]
  4. Under The Radar
    In the Future is without a chink in its armor, the rare lull-free album, and shows that perhaps their greatest moments are indeed yet to come. [Winter 2008, p.80]
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    It's heavy and appealingly dopey in equal measure. [25 Jan 2008, p.69]
  6. It's this mix of the loud and the trippy that Black Mountain specializes in, and In the Future sees the band striving for epic proportions.
  7. Black Mountain won’t win any prizes for innovation, but their slightly bruised brand of retro is far more fertile than that of their contemporaries.
  8. 80
    But where Black Mountain's message begins to get woolly the music is never anything less than exhilarating
  9. This album is more consistent than the first album because it succeeds not only with the hard-rock shuffle of “Stormy High”, but also with the acoustic-driven, high-register of “Stay Free”.
  10. It's packed with stuff, but there's enough space here, and wonderfully warm atmospheres, to bring the listener right into the deeper sonic dimensions that Black Mountain is trying to create.
  11. Rooted in the past this album may be, but it has genuine moments of original inspiration, both musically and lyrically, and a scope of ambition most bands would be scared to try out.
  12. They put their cloudy heads together and came up with the power-chord-slashing and hobbitty keyboard werping goods but wisely didn’t lose all the dirty distortion and strummy acoustic bits.
  13. If you're not a fan of their weighty retro riffs, Into The Future is not going to sway you; but those who loved their self-titled debut will thrill to the darker, more convincing sounds of former single 'Stormy High' with its Plantish wails and solid Sabbathy riffs.
  14. Mojo
    In The Future showcases a group who knows exactly what they're doing. [Feb 2008, p.101]
  15. The Wire
    This album eclipses their previous output and hits a consistent note of righteous force. [Jan 2008, p.69]
  16. Q Magazine
    In The Future has enough ideas to last several albums. Mostly, they work. [Feb 2008, p.98]
  17. 80
    More diabolical and daring than the band’s shaggy 2005 debut, Future peaks with the primordial 'Bright Lights.'
  18. Black Mountain pushes its songs further on In the Future, experimenting with druggy synthesizers and shifting musical dynamics on complex arrangements that veer from hazy psychedelia to brutal riffage.
  19. This is definitely a solid album from a band that is surely to get better.
  20. On repeated listening the impression [of being a genre exercise or a hipster parody] gives way to the songs themselves, envisioning angels and demons and plaintively wondering about violence and inevitable desolation.
  21. Filter
    It's easy to zone out, but during several tracks you could be staring at a carpet stain for five minutes and still have time to screw your head back on to hit the moments of triumph. [Winter 2008, p.92]
  22. In the Future is a great second act, a consolidation of strengths, better songwriting and more ideas.
  23. The fuzzy guitars start to blend together as the album progresses — the point, perhaps, but Black Mountain do well to break up the repetition with 'Stay Free,' an acoustic, falsetto ballad, and 'Queens Will Play.'
  24. Future raises the stakes considerably, leaving the band's musical talents to play catchup with their new material's epic-sized dimensions.
  25. In the Future has an even bigger kick [than their debut], with a surprising blues edge and Amber Webber's vocals adding a touch of Sandy Denny to the battle-of-Evermore vibe.
  26. 70
    Black Mountain refine their position as the psychedelic hard-rock/goof-folk revivalists that you can actually stand for an entire album.
  27. Black Mountain seems to have perpetrated some legitimate time travel, creating a record that could have sprung from an era of muscle cars, muscle tees, and moustaches.
  28. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before... it’s taking drugs to make music to take drugs to, or something. But it’s still pretty damn fun, and Black Mountain do it with a higher idea-per-song ratio than most of their fellow fetishists.
  29. Coming down from the, er ... mountain, well, British Columbia, bandleader Stephen McBean and his cohorts sound logjammed in the past on In the Future.
  30. Those listeners who recognized Black Mountain as one in a long line of inward looking, backward thinking bands will find that In The Future ups the ante. That's not automatically a great thing, and it means that Black Mountain will yet again be greeted with abundant I know what you're doing and I don't like it reactions.
  31. So there's ambition, here, yes--but where there's ambition, there's often overambition, and so it goes here.
  32. When they rock out they are truly bruising, but, happily, their music is now underpinned with a new-found serenity.
  33. This grand musical quest is often fruitless, and leaves this listener wondering what might have been, had the group demanded less of themselves.
  34. The first three songs will undoubtedly hook any listener into continuing the album, but the listener will find nothing as impressive as that opening statement.
  35. Too quick and severe on the brakes, Black Mountain stunt their own grandiosity in the name of dynamics or patience.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 2, 2012
    I admit, I'm a fan. But this is definitely their best effort! One of my favourite "modern" rock-albums. If you haven't got this album already,I admit, I'm a fan. But this is definitely their best effort! One of my favourite "modern" rock-albums. If you haven't got this album already, you really should do something about it. Seriously! Full Review »
  2. RileyS.
    Jan 18, 2009
    One of the best rock albums, maybe of ever. Nice combination of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
  3. KGF
    Mar 17, 2008
    Because they've chosen to REALLY rock one style, the thrill from their first record is missing. More predicatable. Damn rocking but on Because they've chosen to REALLY rock one style, the thrill from their first record is missing. More predicatable. Damn rocking but on some level, I was expecting more. Don't get me wrong, In The Future is fantastic, but I can hear that these guys are one of the greatest bands currently playing, and this record is only so indicative of that. Full Review »