Mount Eerie - The Microphones
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  • Summary: The Microphones is an alias for Washington state-based Phil Elvrum, who returns here with a five-part concept album named after a mountain in his home state. The album is also being released in two limited edition alternate versions, one an a capella version called "Singing from 'Mt. Eerie,'" and one a drums-only version (!) called, naturally, "Drumming from 'Mt. Eerie.'" Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Mount Eerie would be a gorgeous record even if the vision behind it didn't fall somewhere between Biblical allegory and Greek myth, but the drama makes it all the more stunning. [Feb 2003, p.70]
  2. Weaving together themes like mortality, the universality of mankind, and the cyclical eternality of life and not having it all come out as a pretentious mess of self-important prognosticating and vaguely simplistic truisms places Elvrum in the rarified air that few outside of Brian Wilson have ever attempted to reach.
  3. Concept albums can often be difficult affairs, more geared towards scratching their creators self indulgent itch than providing listeners with an enjoyable experience. While Mount Eerie is not on the same level as The Wall or Tommy, it is a remarkable effort by a brilliantly talented band.
  4. Mt. Eerie is a truly stunning album, managing to be deeply beautiful and unnerving, as well as deeply thoughtful, without ever seeming pretentious or heavy-handed.
  5. Mount Eerie doesn't work outside of its concept and, to the detriment of the songs, the album is so intensely personal that melody and song structure give way to abstract conceptualism.
  6. Elvrum’s tightest song cycle yet, truly focusing and clarifying the themes and ideas he’s explored on all his albums.
  7. 20
    The unintentionally hilarious Mount Eerie misfires so dramatically, it makes you want to reconsider not the Second Amendment but the First. [#57, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Mar 29, 2012
    Maybe I'm biased about this album, with The Microphones/Mount Eerie being my favorite band, but this album is great. While not being for everyone and may be difficult at first, after a few listens its magic begins to show. It begins how The Glow pt. 2 ended and and ends with Elverum discovering the face of the universe. The concept makes it cheesy, but that is what keeps it from becoming pretentious garbage. Even if it was serious, it would be some of the best pretentious garbage I can have ever listened to. A+ Expand
  2. WhitneyO
    Apr 30, 2004
    I can't believe those bad ratings... There is absolutely no reason for them to say this album is a joke. Phil is one of the most important artists of our time!!! Believe it... Expand
  3. Evan______
    Feb 21, 2003
    Don't listen to the Flak review, they just make fun on things to seem cool. This album is beautiful. What more needs to be said? It's about life and death. OK that's all I can descibe it as. Expand
  4. poln
    Dec 14, 2004
    this cd is genuine, a very personal work with a lot of deepness.. it takes a while to get into it, but once you do.. you'll be amazed by it's unique beauty Expand
  5. DomS.
    Aug 8, 2003
    Almost oversteps the line between an artist's indelible experimental outing and a bombastic, beautiful mess. Or maybe it does overstep the line. Regardless, short, tiny moments (like Death's voice or the deep humming beat that begins this record where "the Glow, pt. 2" left off) make this record one of the year's most engaging. Expand
  6. Elliot
    Oct 31, 2003
    It is surely a good album, but it's no The Glow, Part 2. Now THAT is an incredible album. Perhaps the greatest "lo-fi" recording ever? Regardless, The Microphones are immensely talented, but Mt. Eerie just hints at the magic they're capable of. Expand
  7. LukeM.
    Feb 25, 2003
    I know Phil Elvrum is a drummer, but this album is pretty much ALL drums. Is that something you'd want to listen to for 40 minutes? When some sort of melody does come in, generally in the form of acoustic guitar and bad singing, it only sounds good in that it's a reprieve from the drumming. I wouldn't give a zero lightly; this is truly awful. Expand

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