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The Mountain

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The Mountain
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Could Be So Happy
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Early in the Morning
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Hold Your Head High
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Out At Sea
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Nothing Seems the Same
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Wide Awake
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So Quiet
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Had To Go
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Witchy Poo
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Sway
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 50:14

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02.02.09
Heartless Bastards, The Mountain
Label: Fat Possum Records

Heartless Bastards have a simple, archetypal gravity. They're like a church bell or a lighthouse — they draw you in, and their crusty, bluesy songs grow more striking as grand outlines emerge. Even their spine-tingling 2006 college-radio totem "Into the Open" didn't take at first: It sounded like a grain-silo version of U2's War, but without cheek. The Bastards 'third album, with a new bassist and drummer (both old Dayton mates of vocalist Erika Wennerstrom,… read more »

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Whole album listening

Solipsist

What a great sound! It's new enough to keep you paying attention and familiar enough that you feel it's already one of your favorites you dug out of the stack and discovered again. If you are a fan of rock and wailing vocals, try this. I know I will enjoy this album for years to come.

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Current favourite

Mohawk

It is rare that I like every song on an album, but Heartless Bastards' The Mountain is that rare exception. Excellent. I particularly like Could Be So Happy and Early In The Morning, both quite different songs, both awesome in their own way.

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My top of 2009

RenaissanceMan

This is my favorite album from 2009. It's a powerful record with soulful vocals and gritty rock.

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One of 2009's Very Best

Buzz05

This was my introduction to HB and I will definitely be following this band. Erika Wennerstrom has an amazing voice and is a strong song writer to boot. Lot's of variety...must downloads are Out At Sea, Early in the Morning, Could Be so Happy, and The Mountain. Heck...download it all.

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Review from my blog, ANTI-SNOB.com

vilvodka

Singer/founder/chief-songwriter Erika Wennerstrom sounds like a combination of Jack White and Nathan Willett with a story telling approach similar to Tracy Chapman. The songs pass by one by one often leaving the listener questioning if he/she is witnessing an original score or a mixed collection of redone traditional and obscure folk numbers. "Out At Sea" is a very catchy track and kept me up a few nights trying to guess what songs the melody of the vocals were borrowing from.

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Still one of the best of 2009

EMUSIC-00DE80E6

I find myself constantly coming back to this album. The voice, the guitar work etc. It seems to flow perfectly. It is different then their previous albums.That is a good thing. I find their early work very hit and miss. A band trying to find thier way. They have. This album is a treat all the way through. The Mountain (track 1) is a top ten track of the year in my humble opinion.

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Disjointed, though with some great tracks.

paultaylor_2009

The Heartless Bastards experiment with some new sounds in this album. Straying from their last albums alt-blues roots, at times they delve into a more stripped-down, even folksy sound that really features Wennerstrom's vocal ability, and reminds me of some of Julie Doiron's work. Though, for a couple tracks they do return to their earlier rock sound that ought to draw comparisons with The White Stripes (see Early in the Morning). There are a couple truly outstanding tracks (opener, tracks 2 and 4) but the album as a whole seems hastily constructed, disordered and at 50 minutes, it is tough to swallow in one sustained listen.

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Let it brew for a bit. . .

geldriver

Like a good hand-crafted beer. At first listen, I didn't think I'd like this album nearly as much as HB's other two. It didn't have the same drive, the same punch as the first two. But after repeated listens, I realized that I was listening to this album 2 or 3 times a week and not getting tired of it. Where the first two albums kind of pummel you with a wash of guitar, and Erika's voice (that voice!), they're fairly flat, dynamically, and can wear you down with their urgency (although All This Time let up just a bit). This album has so much depth, and range, and truly great songs that would suffer under layers of distortion. The Mountain is not so much an incremental growth, but rather an evolutionary leap in HB's sound.

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again excellent

SLUEY07

these guys are too good to be only linked by E-music through other bands with a woman in the lead. it isolates them.

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They Say All Music Guide

After cutting their first two albums as a lean but muscular power trio, the Heartless Bastards have grown into a somewhat different creature on their third LP, The Mountain. Vocalist and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom is the only survivor from the group’s original lineup, and after leaving behind her hometown of Cincinnati, OH for Austin, TX, she’s assembled a new version of the Heartless Bastards. Along with new members Billy White on bass and Doni Schroader on drums, The Mountain features violins, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, and banjo as well as a few guest guitarists, and though this music is still rooted in Wennerstrom’s full-bodied vocals and thick, no-frills guitar work, The Mountain is a more introspective and rootsy sounding album than this group has released to date. Wennerstrom has a voice that can shake apart a room when she’s of a mind, but she takes a more subtle approach here, slipping in a few acoustic tunes that allow her to explore the softer side of her instrument, and “So Quiet” and “Had to Go” could pass for a new millennium version of the sort of music Harry Smith would dig up on a regular basis. But if The Mountain is a more diverse set than the old Heartless Bastards gave us, it’s still rooted in the same emotionally direct songwriting and performing that is this band’s trademark, and for all that’s changed with the band, Wennerstrom has held on to her core virtues — this is fierce, heartfelt rock & roll that tells stories you can believe in and lets the music sing out with a power that’s all the more compelling for being firmly rooted in the real world. – Mark Deming

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