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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release for the indie folk band that includes Iain Archer, Peter Buck, Richard Colburn, Jacknife Lee, Gary Lightbody, Scott McCaughey, and Troy Stewart.
  • Record Label: Caroline
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Lightbody's perennnially love-lorn, tear-in-eye songwriting benefits from a more exotic sonic wardrobe than Snow Patrol would feel comfortable in. [Sep 2013, p.94]
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    80
    Happily, The Ghost of the Mountain succeeds in every respect, an album that sounds like the product of a group rather than simply a collaboration between like-minded associates.
  3. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    While his imagery-laden, generally safe distillation of American roots rock leans harder on the AOR/soft rock side of the railroad tracks, it's a train that is worth boarding for a stop or two, if only to admire the lovely view.
  4. Apart from a bit of pedal steel and some gospel backing vocals, it sounds a lot like a Snow Patrol record, rendering the whole exercise somewhat redundant.
  5. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    Something of a gentler, more Americana-style Snow Patrol, Tired Pony's songs provide space for Lightbody's lyrics and imagery to breathe.
  6. Aug 20, 2013
    60
    The Ghost Of The Mountain is the sound of a band trying to settle on a style. [Sep 2013, p.105]
  7. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    A collection of earnest, country-tinged rock, comes loaded with the hallmarks of Lightbody's band--plaintive vocals and choruses that lumber in the direction of anthemic uplift--but scant evidence of the more nuanced talents surrounding him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    This is a much darker album lyrically than the previous, but the haunting harmonies and beautiful vocal performances remain ever present. SomeThis is a much darker album lyrically than the previous, but the haunting harmonies and beautiful vocal performances remain ever present. Some real surprises come in the non typical Iain Archer singing style on the intro to "The Beginning Of The End" and the stunning vocal contributions from Minnie Driver (Your Way Is The Way Home).
    Yes it sounds a little like a Snow Patrol album in places but that's no bad thing and the steady hands of Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey et all make it an effortless sounding affair.
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  2. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    I think it's an album so beautiful and striking as "The Joshua Tree". Beautiful vocals. Sounding flawless. Sounds like Snow Patrol due to theI think it's an album so beautiful and striking as "The Joshua Tree". Beautiful vocals. Sounding flawless. Sounds like Snow Patrol due to the remarkable personality of Gary Lightbody. Collapse
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    This album is EPIC for me. Since "The place we ran from" I knew that next one will be amazing. Gary Lightbody is an amazing singer andThis album is EPIC for me. Since "The place we ran from" I knew that next one will be amazing. Gary Lightbody is an amazing singer and songwriter and his voice is better than ever. I hope the next Snow Patrol's album will be like "The ghost of the mountain". Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2013
    6
    For a supergroup involving this many individuals from this many bands, Lightbody's presence is the most felt. Not such a bad thing, but youFor a supergroup involving this many individuals from this many bands, Lightbody's presence is the most felt. Not such a bad thing, but you have to use your imagination to differentiate this from a Snow Patrol effort. The bits of "country" and "Americana" are so timid and restrained you wonder why they bothered, but overall this is a very fresh, pretty album. Probably has a lot of replay value. Expand