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3.24 | 21 ratings | 2 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

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1. The Hair Song
2. Old Fangs
3. Radiant Hearts
4. Rollercoaster
5. Let Spirits Ride
6. Buried by the Blues
7. The Way to Gone
8. Wilderness Heart
9. The Space of Your Mind
10. Sadie


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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
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Review by snobb
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3 stars Third Black Mountain's studio album is nice release, full of vintage rock melodies, slight psychedelia and shadows of hard-rock monsters from 70-s.

Band uses there their strong points - excellent male/female vocals duets, melodic tunes and successfully revitalized atmosphere of early 70-s. Happily, they don't sound as clone. Yes, you will easily hear influences of Led Zeppelin, Ozzy's black Sabbath and even early Deep Purple on this album, but musicians are skilled enough to sound on their own manner.

Main accent of all recording is made not in heavy rock legacy, but more classic rock sound with doze of psychedelia. Main problem for many prog fans will be there are not many elements of prog at all in this album's music. But for listeners, angry for talented musicians, reworking best hard rock from early 70-s, this album could be really nice present.

My rating is 3+.

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Wilderness Heart' - Black Mountain (5/10)

The third album from Black Mountain shows the band developing their sound even further. Best described as their 'maturation' record, 'Wilderness Heart' shows Black Mountain really getting their presentation down and consolidating their music, but still, something feels missing here. While 'In The Future' remains the most inventive thing that Black Mountain has ever released, 'Wilderness Heart' shows the band at their most refined, even if it still results in a fairly bland release.

Although the past of Black Mountain has relied mainly on retro rock conventions, 'Wilderness Heart' shows the band really embracing modern rock sounds, although some sounds from classic rock and 70's prog still remain. There are mellotrons, psychedelic samples and exotic sounds that sound like they could have been taken from Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir' here, all thrown atop some fairly conventional songwriting. Black Mountain was relatively adventurous with their second album, really letting loose with experimentation with the sixteen minute track 'Bright Lights' really coming to mind. Here, Black Mountain has become almost something of a standard rock band that one could hear on the radio, with a few prog sounds thrown in here and there for the sake of good measure. Surprisingly enough, this isn't the worst possible idea for the band, due to the fact that while they showed promise while tugging their psychedelic influences, they never really grabbed hold of it. Here, 'Wilderness Heart' shows the band stripping down, but the presentation simultaneously improves. The vocals are still very twangy and none too pleasant to listen to, but are certainly a step up from the poor Arcade Fire-knock off I heard on the debut.

While it is something of a step forward for Black Mountain, 'Wilderness Heart' also doesn't have the same shock value. There is also more than enough of this sort of radio-friendly rock to go around, and quite frankly, there are many bands that do it better than these guys. The development here is audible however, and it makes one wonder that providing they choose to work out a fourth album, whether or not it will be another step forward for the band.

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