• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2013
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Q Magazine
    Mar 12, 2013
    60
    Mount Moriah give the Southern tradition an indie-rock twist that's more effective the further they go. [Apr 2013, p.107]
  2. Feb 27, 2013
    60
    Miracle Temple is still a wonderfully warm and welcoming record, but it never soars.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    There really isn't a bad song in the bunch here. The band effortlessly straddles the line between straightforward alt-country, the rockierThere really isn't a bad song in the bunch here. The band effortlessly straddles the line between straightforward alt-country, the rockier sensibilities of its members' other projects, and the Muscle Shoals-style r&b that seems to be particularly en vogue right now. McEntire's vocals and judiciously employed keyboard/organ and strings really set Mount Moriah apart from their peers. I've seen a few reviews mention that the vocals sound like a young Dolly Parton, and I think that's pretty spot on. Particular highlights include "Younger Days," "Bright Light," "I Built a Town," and "Swannanoa," the track that best showcases the band's versatility as it builds from a slow burning, countrified dirge into an cathartic centerpiece full of swirling guitar, drums, strings, and keyboard. Long story short, there are a lot of bands that are active right now and sound vaguely like this. Along with a few other acts, Mount Moriah represents the cream of the crop. Full Review »