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IN THE FUTURE

Black Mountain

 

Crossover Prog

3.47 | 48 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars "In the Future" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Canadian hard rock/psychadelic rock act Black Mountain. It was released through Jagjaguwar in January 2008. The band made a name for themselves within retro rock circles with their 2005 self-titled debut full-length studio album, and they worked hard on this album to follow up the hype which was created around them.

The sound on "In the Future" is retro styled late 60s/early 70s hard rock/psychadelic rock. Lots of vintage keyboards, hard rocking guitars and a tight playing rhythm section. I´m thinking a combination of Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath (the more hard rock oriented part of their 70s material) and Jefferson Airplane. The latter mostly because of the use of both male and female vocals and the occasionally stoned West Coast sound. The musicianship are generally on a high level, both instrumentally and when it comes to the vocals.

"In the Future" succeeds well in having a great balance and flow throughout the 57:15 minutes long playing time. There are hard rocking tracks like "Stormy High" and "Evil Ways", psychadelic pop/rock tunes like "Angels" and "Stay Free", the two female vocal led and rather dark tracks "Queens Will Play" and "Night Walks", the short David Bowie-like "Wild Wind", the two semi-progressive tracks "Tyrants" and "Wucan" and of course the centerpiece of the album the 16:41 minutes long "Bright Lights". The latter is an outstanding track that show exactly what kind of material Black Mountain are made of. Hard rocking iron and psychadelic dreams.

"In the Future" is packed in an organic sounding production, which works perfectly with the equally organic sounding music. The debut might have put Black Mountain on the map, and they have generally received a lot of praise for that album, but to my ears "In the Future" is like a 100% improvement over the debut and overall a really great album deserving a 4 star (80%) rating.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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