The Mountain - Heartless Bastards
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  • Summary: The third album for the Ohio rock band was produced by Mike McCarthy.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
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  1. The Mountain represents not only a point of no return and a cornerstone for the Heartless Bastards; the album's a personal triumph of desolate determination.
  2. The third album from this inaccurately named Austin trio opens with its title track, an epic slab of country-grunge that beautifully showcases the soulful, weathered vocals of frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom.
  3. 80
    The result, which is gentler and more eclectic than the Bastards' earlier releases, is also Wennerstrom's most glorious, a collection of salty, rousing rock'n'roll that'll leave you aching for a roadhouse, a sticky bar stool, and a chipped glass of bourbon.
  4. Angry blues stomps such as ‘Early In The Morning’ are the aural equivalent of Wild Turkey for breakfast, while ‘Out At Sea’ combines the grit and growl of the Bastards’ beginnings with a layering of sounds that’s wider, more expansive and ultimately more interesting.
  5. The Mountain brings a new rhythm section to town--a rejuvenating transfusion for the band--and Appalachian banjo and high-art violin swirls. [May 2009, p.121]
  6. 66
    The Mountain may not be the repositioning kick-in-the-pants that the Heartless Bastards' peddle it as, but Wennerstorm's Midwestern maelstrom's been assuaged by new members and country/folk memes. [Holiday 2008, p.100]
  7. 40
    Intriguingly odd in small does, Wannerstrom's cheerless, unschooled voice and rudimentary guitar chordings can get mighty oppressive over the course of 50 minutes. [Feb 2009, p.82]

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  1. BobO
    Feb 12, 2009
    9
    This album gets under your skin in a hurry. Erika's heartworn voice is a grabber, and the group can slam with fury when it wants to. But This album gets under your skin in a hurry. Erika's heartworn voice is a grabber, and the group can slam with fury when it wants to. But when they back off and play it subtle, the hooks dig even deeper. Deceptively simple and masterful music. Expand
  2. JamP
    Feb 13, 2009
    9
    It rules. A big improvement over the previous album.
  3. timm
    Feb 25, 2009
    9
    Rocks like few others. Wennerstrom's voice is perfect for this music. Early nominee for record of the year (with AC Newman a close 2nd).
  4. [Anonymous]
    Mar 17, 2009
    9
    This is the female counterpart to The Black Keys, and they are still signed on the Fat Possum label; well crafted Blues Rock with stunning This is the female counterpart to The Black Keys, and they are still signed on the Fat Possum label; well crafted Blues Rock with stunning vocal work. You won't be disappointed. Expand
  5. RickyTheMan
    Mar 9, 2009
    9
    Music (low and behold from the States) that makes you put down your Sonos controller and go out and see a show.
  6. MarkS
    Feb 18, 2009
    7
    Respectable rock 'n' roll recorded poorly (at least about half of the MP3's).