Outside Love - Pink Mountaintops
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  • Summary: The third album for the band led by Black Mountain's Stephen McBean includes contributions from nearly a dozen other musicans.
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  1. His arrangement choices are flawless. While guitar stays front and centre, piano, strings, group vocals and slide guitar make fleeting, effective appearances.
  2. A bit more raucous and a hell of a lot more cohesive than 2006’s "Axis of Evol," Outside Love finds frontman Stephen McBean (who also leads Black Mountain) continuing to rewrite the 1960s, with much improved results.
  3. The lethargic energy of 'Come Down' precedes the smartly sequenced title track and country twanged 'And I Thank You,' Outside Love’s duel highpoints the perfect culmination of its previous output.
  4. Where previous Pink Mountaintops releases sounded a bit tossed off and crudely drawn, Outside Love is an intricately illustrated affair, built out of druggy walls of guitar feedback, reverb-drenched male/female vocals, and leaden drum splashes.
  5. Outside Love is more consistent and more ambitious than its predecessors. [Spring 2009, p.67]
  6. The album’s cover depicts a romance novel on crushed velvet, which should set off the archness alarm. But there’s an honest ache in several tunes.
  7. Essentially, the band only seems to have bit off a little more than could be chewed, and Outside Love feels like a slight misstep.

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