Average User Score: 7.8Mar 2, 2012Save for Sailing to Byzantium, none of these ideas gel. It's just a failed attempt and avant-pop. Occasionally, the strong production values ( in lieu of songs) created here create enough doubt to suspend judgement. However, the disc just never deivers, despite repeated plays.
I'm tempted to also excuse What Would They Know, which isn't a bad song, per se. It's just that it could be so much more and, as apparent as this is, that lost promise casts shadow over whatever enjoyment is still to be had. This, in fact, is representative of the entire record, to even less satisfying degrees. A lot of these songs are almost interesting. And as you find yourself pulling for them, that they never succeed remains continually frustrating.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Mar 1, 2012It doesn't always land where it aims but what redeems this record is just that. It consistently goes just askew from where you think it will. The effect of this is, depending on your temperament, either adventurous or annoying. After the mission statement of an opener, Modern Music, the band begrudgingly settles in until successive tracks, Set Us Free and No Hits, form the centerpiece. The latter features a relentless synth line, amid Patti Smith folk noir and Velvet's anti-psychedelia, that will have you seeing Michael Myers (no not the SNL guy) and the former smolders before rising into crescendo. Born of disparate parts, Black Mountain is almost overwhelming. It's a classic rock record for those who hate the idea of classic rock. And if that doesn't seem like a glowing endorsement it might be because the band hints throughout that their favorite joy is sneaking up on people.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Sep 30, 2010I think its quite good. I'm not sure I think its as good as so many others appear convinced it is, but its quite good. The only question now is when we will see the Lady Gaga-esque re-release with The Chase EP in tow. It's gotta be coming. My guess is sometime right after the Grammy's.… Expand