The Mountain

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15

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  1. JamP
    Feb 13, 2009
    9
    It rules. A big improvement over the previous album.
  2. MarkS
    Feb 18, 2009
    7
    Respectable rock 'n' roll recorded poorly (at least about half of the MP3's).
  3. 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 when they back off and play it subtle, the hooks dig even deeper. Deceptively simple and masterful music.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. [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 vocal work. You won't be disappointed.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Rather than erupting with new insights, The Mountain sags audibly beneath the weight of its new strata.
  2. On their third full-length, Heartless Bastards honor the penetrating howl of leader Erika Wennerstrom, who sounds like Robert Plant's less-shrill American sister, by including several acoustic tunes that underscore her vocal versatility.
  3. 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.