Wednesday January 23rd 2008, 8:21 pm
This Week’s Fine Tuning: Black Mountain’s “In The Future”
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Released January 22 on Jagjaguwar Records

Led Zeppelin returns! Oh wait a sec. My mistake. Although it comes off as a lost album from 1975, what I’m headbanging to here is actually Black Mountain’s sophomore album “In the Future”. I can only assume that the band’s concept of “Future” is just another version of the past as the album is full of 70’s rock bits, especially Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, (well okay, the track “Angels” actually reminded me of a little Oasis as well). Not to say Led Zeppelin was completely original; “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” is just one example of their partial blues rip-offs, but the infamous Robert Plant and co brought a whole lotta extra to the table while Black Mountain simply pays tribute without adding much else. Some songs, such as the sixteen-plus minute “Bright Lights,” go a little excessive in their quest for epic, and don’t succeed as far as say Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” or Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Regardless, the album is by no means a failure and any similarities to rock’s greatest are highly enjoyable. The rolling riffs of “Stormy High” are sure to be a hit on the next Guitar Hero, and the ominous beats in “Tyrants” are fantastically catchy. The ambiance of mellower tracks like “Wild Wind” are mesmerizing, and Doors enthusiasts may enjoy “Queens Will Play” and the wicked psychedelic synthesizing of “Wucan”.

In a Nutshell: Not necessarily original, but great and rock-out worthy nevertheless.



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