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Rock music in 2010 is in an odd place. Commercial radio is being pulled so taut by the ghosts of post-grunge, classic rock and the new blood currently soundtracking "edgy" car commercials that it's on the verge of coming apart altogether. Meanwhile, the indie circuit is jammed with outfits who are so busy looking in the mirror and grooming themselves for those same car-shilling opportunities, they forget to actually supply a meaty riff or two. Which is why Black Mountain's third full-length feels like a splash of icy water to a hungover face; it blends heaviness and languor in a way that's immensely satisfying, from the majestic opening sweep of "Hair Song" to the bass-led exeunt that closes out "Sadie." The shiver-inducing vocal interplay between Stephen McBean's acidic yowl and Amber Webber's banshee soprano is in fine form on Wilderness Heart, their calls and responses giving even the hardest-edged songs an emotional grounding.
In large part, Black Mountain's finely honed classicism is what makes the band's assault so satisfying. Wilderness Heart is studded with reference points both implicit and explicit; "Buried By The Blues" is a bone-dry lament that, quite literally, shouts out Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of… read more »