Wilderness Heart - Jagjaguwar
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Daniel Kohn on September 3, 2010
With an album cover that sports a shark flying into an office building, Black Mountain is making a statement to which you better be paying attention. The Canadian quartet’s third release is different than its earlier material and like the album’s cover, the music has evolved to the point where you have no choice but to take heed. Though the sound varies from song to song, “Old Fangs” showcases Black Mountain’s familiar formula with hard riffs, a driving bass and haunting space synths that compliment Stephen McBean’s booming vocals and Amber Webber’s smooth voice. Folk-inspired songs like “Rollercoaster” and “Buried by the Blues” and raw guitar-driving rock jams “Let Spirits Ride” and the album’s title track clearly illustrate the band’s new direction. Though the songs and tone may be different, there is a distinct, familiar sound that makes this undoubtedly a Black Mountain record—and that’s a wonderful thing.