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Why There Are Mountains

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...And The Hazy Sea
Some Trees (Merrit Moon)
Cold Spring
What Dogs See
Wind Phoenix (Proper Name)
Living North
Like Blood Does
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 44:46

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Chris Roberts


Cymbals Eat Guitars, Why There Are Mountains
2009 | Label: Sister's Den Records / Redeye

As a grand opener — and perverse choice for first single — "And The Hazy Sea" is one bold statement of intent. Beginning with falsetto cries straight out of "Monkey Gone To Heaven" then careening into a (slightly) more conventional rhythm, the song grabs the listener by the lapels from the get-go. It's a rollercoaster from there on out, the track veering and lilting from arch art-rock to drunken wig-out, briefly visiting most points between.… read more »

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Great debut


This band hews closer to shoegaze roots, and is a great listen for long distances. Use Cymbals Eat Guitars in the car during stretches of scenery.

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Hey Crunchbird, get over it. They signed to a label and the label re-released their debut album. This is how things work. Anyway, I like "Some Trees" but the rest of this is too low-key (i.e. boring) for me.

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While this album goes a bit heavy for me at times, it mixes in lighter moments to balance the album out perfectly. Overall, the album works without very few boring moments (with the exception of What Dogs See). I agree with the Wah-Wah moments, but the band definitely focuses on greating a sound more so then crisp clean music. In the end, the Wah-Wah moments don't overtake the album, they add to its topography!

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I call shenanigans!


I downloaded this exact same album from eMusic with the exact same track list earlier this year ... the only difference was that it displayed a different cover image. Now my Downloads list shows Cymbals Eat Guitars in the artist list but NO albums or songs, even though the exact same music is still available here. I REALLY hate it when the labels use this kind of cheap ploy to prevent subscribers from re-downloading tracks.

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Do I hear some Tripping Daisy?


Fun album, not one to listen to over and over, and with wah-wahs and other guitar work, it takes me back to bands coming out of Denton, Texas in the 90s

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An epic collection of songs - both musically and lyrically. Return of indie guitar rock, Pavement fans should dig this. Full of crescendos, each bigger than the last. Try Indiana, Wind Phoenix, Cold Spring, Living North, etc. Top 5 of 2009, no doubt.

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Yo La Tengo guitar with The Format lyrics and vocals – a fine and powerful noise, a clear 09 favorite

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Cymbals Eat Guitars steal brashly: “Cold Spring,” for example, ruptures into what the band could only have referred to in practice as “the Modest Mouse part,” all perverse locomotion and hoarse bleating, while the ramshackle wordiness of “Indiana” evokes Stephen Malkmus plainly, without reservation. Elsewhere rise great leviathans of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead guitarissimo and noble falcons of Sufjan Stevens brass. These guys are second-rate thieves, in other words, stealing at will but without the authorial command to make these goods their own. But, standards be damned, that doesn’t mean Why There Are Mountains isn’t also a lot of fun — particularly on opener “And the Hazy Sea,” which sends the aforementioned leviathans vaulting over passages of simmering quietude and scorched-universe howls, the sort of immediate classic that bands start first albums with. It’s the only song that manages to make its own statement, but even so, the band performs some novice alchemy elsewhere as well, transforming all the shameless pastiche into something of a reminder of classic indie rock’s greatness. They’re a far shot away from all that, but if nothing else, they prove they’ve got their eyes on the right destination. – Clayton Purdom

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