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Magic Mountain
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2014
Immediately liked a few songs the first time I listened to it. Runaway, Remember Me, Me and Mary Jane, and even Hollywood in Kentucky will all probably find their way to my iPod when I pull this out of my cd player.

By way of reference I am really digging VolBeat, Black Label, and Three Days Grace right now .. even still playing Theory and Hinder's last albums .. so take it for what its worth.

As BSC reference, some of my favorite songs would be Like I Roll, In My Blood, Fade Away, Things My Father Said, Soul Creek, Blind Man, Peace is Free, You, Lonely Train and When the Weight Comes Down .. so a few songs off the new record will mesh right in there.

If i had to have a complaint it would be how many of the songs are about dope. I dont smoke pot, so after one or two it begins to seem like they dont do anything but sit around on the couch at the practice house and pass the weed around. lol Peach Pipe, Mary Jane, Magic Mountain, and Blow my Mind are all about smoking weed, and several others mention it in passing .. so take it for what it is worth.

Overall, another solid album, if you like them you will like this record, if not then it will probably not win you over .. but I think they are the best thing going right now. Saw them a few weeks ago and they really bring it on stage as well ... nice to see a good band that is not just a studio band .. hung out after the show .. signed autographs for as long as the crowd wanted .. hope they come back soon.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2014
Imagine grabbing a slice of pizza at the family-owned restaurant you've loved for years, and after a few bites realizing they must have changed the recipe. It still has the same general taste, a remnant of what originally made it special, but you can also tell that something's different. Either they left something out, added something new, or maybe both, but this is definitely not the same great stuff you've come to expect from this establishment.

That's how I feel about this album.

I was probably a lot more critical of this album than I am of others I've purchased, but I know it's because I desperately want BSC to retain the excellence they displayed with their earlier albums. Their instrumental talent is still well-placed for the most part--though they seem to be straying further from the rhythmically complex derring-do of songs like "Lonely Train"-- but the true letdown here is the lyrics. We've gone from tales of mystery and Southern voodoo like "The Key" or "Rain Wizard" to generic songs about partying and weed like "Blow My Mind" and "Fiesta Del Fuego." This album is certainly not terrible by any means, but a glance back to the older days proves that these guys are capable of much more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2014
I could not stand waiting for this album to come out. It had been 3 long years since the release of Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea and I was checking their facebook page almost everyday, being teased about the impending release date. Being a huge fan of all 3 of their previous 3 albums and seeing them live last summer reassured my claim to call them my favorite newer rock band. From their first album to their third, BSC has always had that edge to them that no other band had. John Fred who absolutely BANGS on the drums like John Bonham and has the best fills and beats I've heard on any drummer in a long time, Chris Robertson and Ben Wells trade soulful guitar licks while Chris Robertson tears into your speakers with the most raspy, soulful and powerful voices and creative lyrics I've ever heard out of a more modern rock band. THAT is the Black Stone Cherry that all of us fans have come to know and love..and then you listen to Magic Mountain....

It's not there. None of it. I'm a huge fan of them and really tried to like the new album by playing it several times but none of the elements are there that make this album a BSC album. Robertson's voice is very subdued in every song and not once do you hear him show his vocal talent or belt out a strained note at all and there are no thoughtful or creative lyrics on this album. I was really hoping the two singles being me and Mary Jane and fiesta del fuego were just an intro into a great album, but it really doesn't get any better than those two The guitars are very generic and there is no raw rock n roll guitar work like the previous 3 albums,with the exception of fiesta del fuego...maybe. John Fred's drum work is so generic, it hurts. Just once I want him to bust out a raunchy fill, like on reverend wrinkle, talk about drum work on that song!

To sum this up, I was very disappointed with the album. If you were a huge fan of their previous work,I can guarantee you that you will be disappointed. It's almost as if their record label gave them a bland generic mix of a "modern radio friendly pop rock" and hit the record button. All the magic and the edge they carried is not in this album. Listen to some of the other lower starred reviews because most of them point out the same flaws that I have pointed out. The album isn't terrible, it's just not that good, not one song stood out for me. Give it a listen or two before you buy it...even better...if you are new to them , I urge you to listen to their first three albums because that is the reason why I became such a huge fan. It's raw, it's in your face, and it's busting at the seems with energy and talent. It's there to make a statement. Listen to those and listen to Magic Mountain. If you still like the album that's great, but I want people reading this to understand what true talent this band has and how lacking this one is.

I really hope the record company and other influences don't ruin this band like saving Abel cause they have so much Damn talent. Ill just have to wait for the next album..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
Black Stone Cherry is one of those bands that continues to deliver some of the best rock music of this century, yet for some reason they still remain relatively unknown to the masses. Although they continue to release number 1 albums in the UK and require having a country band cover one of their songs (Stay) for it to become a hit, this band somehow can't seem to breakthrough in the US. This is confusing because many BSC fans have accused them of "dumbing down" their music and making it more radio-friendly. While I may agree with the latter on some songs, I strongly disagree with the former.

One thing that I know for sure is I absolutely love this band and hope they continue to create awesome albums like Magic Mountain. Additionally, while it might not happen with this album, I am hoping this band eventually releases that break-through album that really makes them big, because they deserve it. I normally don't wish this for a band since this usually results in the band significantly changing their sound to remain relevant (e.g., Shinedown and 30 Seconds To Mars), but I don't care at this point because they have been such a great band to listen to.

That being said, there really is not a bad song on this album. Definitely recommend buying if you are a fan of rock music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
Great solid heavy rock from the boys in BSC. This is their 4th album & probably their best. Just grab yourself some Maryjane & enjoy this album. Cheers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
I've been a big fan of this band since the first album. I've liked every album for different reasons, and even though the last album wasn't the best, it had some bangers. This new album is almost all bangers. I mean riffs FOR DAYS. Rivaling the elf titled in sheer heaviness, there is only one song I don't care for as much. My only complaint is that the best buy bonus tracks weren't included on the regular version, bc they are amazing, very heavy. Overall, very impressed with this album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
From the blistering first riff, to the last note, this recording blasts back in time to ignite the here and now - Rock 'n Roll as it should be! Thank God for the guts of these musicians to push the Rock envelope and break out into some long awaited AWESOME Hard Rock! There is a tender love song and a nice country & western ballad perfectly intermixed among the rock songs. If you miss the Rock of the 70's, this will take you back in time and launch you into the future of a Great Band!

Thanks BSC, I needed this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2014
It is not their best effort. It is good Black Stone Cherry grooves and songs but I would have to recommend devil and the Deep Blue Sea as a far better album. I think their debut was also a better album. I think if I had to do over I would probably just buy the one track- Me and Mary Jane.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
After a great debut album they have gone steadily downhill ever since.

The last 2 albums were a bit AOR for my taste, and although this album has a bit harder edge to it it's still nothing memorable.

As others have pointed out the lyrics are terrible, the worst offender is "Hollywood in Kentucky", it's not smart enough to be tongue in cheek so I have to assume it's at least semi-serious ?

"You'd open up a trunk door taking out your lover
She might be your cousin but she wouldn't be your brother"

Right, intra-familial love is OK but there are no homosexuals in Kentucky ?

Or how about this gem:

"Your ass would get a job if you ran out money"

Umm, no. You'd go on welfare, Kentucky is one of the worst offenders for getting Food Stamps/Welfare

There's more, a lot more, to be embarrassed about in this song.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
I'm 61 and I've been listening to these guys since their first album. Wow! These new songs represent a return to the best music on their first two albums....good hard driving rock and now its really polished. The slower songs are still full of the passion I love in this band. I was disappointed with the last album but these guys have brought it back big time. If they keep this up I can't wait to hear what will be coming next. There's enough great songs on this album they should finally get the broader recognition they deserve.
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