The Mountain Moves - Treetop Flyers
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 25, 2013
    82
    The album is a thrill, delivering unexpected updates on its vintage influences.
  2. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    You don't need an encyclopaedic knowledge of LA-based folk-rock to enjoy the rough-hewn vocals and gnarled, grainy guitar play of these London-based chums-of-Mumford. [Jun 2013, p.107]
  3. However much you think it a tired formula, this lot shake it awake with their relentless charm.
  4. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Side-stepping the chart-busting singles of their former labelmates, they have carved their own identity in the rich roots of the country and folk musics that have inspired their debut.
  5. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Morrison's voice catapults these songs into the ether and should take his band a long way.
  6. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    In less skilled, less ambitious hands, this record could have been derivative and hackneyed. Instead it is an unqualified triumph for a young band who, with a little luck, should go on to achieve widespread acclaim in years to come.
  7. Jun 21, 2013
    70
    Unoriginal, yes, but while some elements can verge on sounding a bit tired in places, the notable musical lineage it follows gives The Mountain Moves the potential to be as timeless as it is conventional.
  8. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    There are too many sleepy stretches and not enough memorable songs between these handsome bookends, as a talented young band dredges the past in search of an identity. [Jul 2013, p.81]
  9. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    Treetop Flyers have perhaps wisely chosen to avoid Mumfords' bombastic path for an altogether sunnier route. [Jun 2013, p.88]
  10. Jul 29, 2013
    50
    The music is decorative more than substantive and feels like pleasant wallpaper for your local coffee shop.
  11. 50
    While The Mountain Moves feels a little too familiar at times, that makes it an album option to crank up on your next road trip after you get sick of listening to The Eagles.

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