In the Mountain in the Cloud - Portugal. The Man
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  • Summary: The Portland-based band releases its sixth studio album of psychedelic rock.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 21, 2011
    83
    It's encouraging to know both that Portugal. The Man has not lost sight of themselves despite their successes and that their new home at Atlantic will be one that fosters the creative vision the band has become known for.
  2. Jul 21, 2011
    80
    In the Mountain in the Cloud is also the band's most cohesive album, suffering from none of the unevenness that crept into some of their earlier work.
  3. Since Incubus' comeback turned out to be a flop, there is certainly a large gap for another rock band to take up the mantle of the act who successfully straddles the artistic and commercial crowds, and with In The Mountain In The Cloud, Portugal. The Man have placed themselves right in it.
  4. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    John Gourley gives the envelope a token push but lays back a little too much into his comfort zone; the rest of the band abet him with lucid and calm performances. [Aug 2011, p.118]
  5. Jul 21, 2011
    70
    There's nothing wrong with writing four-minute protest songs that relish in the best of their psychedelic influences, but it'll be when Portugal. The Man really unshackle themselves and start writing what they do best that they will establish themselves as a band on par with their forebears.
  6. 70
    On this album, the tracks that are lacking in length often sound as if they–well–are lacking in something else as well. Not to say In the Mountain is a poor effort; it merely seems like it would benefit from a bit more development.
  7. Aug 3, 2011
    40
    With a bevy of somewhat indistinguishable tunes, a production aesthetic that keeps everything front, center, and earsplitting is a problem.

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  1. Aug 1, 2011
    10
    I really like this band and this album does not disappoint. Has some really catchy lyrics and great vocals. Some of his vocals remind me of the Beatles and give some real nice tone to the songs and gives some real classic sounds. Expand
  2. Jul 20, 2011
    10
    Best album from Portugal. The Man to date. Really spectacular throughout, not a misstep to be found. This album will certainly gain the band some new fans with a diverse array of influences apparent in each song. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    8
    Best of their work so far, no question. It rarely ever misses the mark, and its high points more than make up for any of those mistakes. The closer "Sleep Forever" is a truly awesome track. Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2011
    8
    If the Beatles were still together today, Iâ