Mt. Desolation [+Digital Booklet]

October 19, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Digital Booklet: Mt. Desolation


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  • Label: Interscope
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  • Total Length: 50:27
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  • ASIN: B0046DTZ6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,605 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
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This is a classic "grows on you" album. That happened even as I listened to the dozen songs for the first time, each song sounding better than the previous one. Then I liked the whole album even better the 2nd time. At the beginning, though, I wasn't particularly buzzed about this new spinoff project from Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin. It has a pretty mellow, old-timey vibe, with mostly slower-tempo songs. It's a stretch to call this "rock 'n' roll," although I suppose it is, in the same way The Band made rock. There are flavors of gospel, country blues, and other traditional styles. The Keane guys are joined in this endeavor by members of Mumford & Sons, Noah & The Whale and The Killers. In sum, it's a likable collection of tunes, perhaps even better than the last couple of Keane things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Thistlethwaite on October 19, 2010
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First the bad news: if you were looking forward to Mt. Desolation (both this album and the group) as an alternative rock side project by the members of the English group Keane, prepare for a letdown. Largely abandoning their signature piano rock and electric guitar sounds, Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin have provided us a very memorable, if at times mellow, travelogue of a journey through an inner desolation and wilderness.

This, of course leads to the good news. I consider this album a surprising musical breakthrough for both the Rice-Oxley and Quin, and the members of The Killers, Noah & the Whale and Mumford & Sons who join them. Regardless of whether this album is what you first expect (there are a pair of more alternative rock tracks in "Bitter Pill" and "Pushed Around"), listen to the previews and decide if you too are ready to broaden your musical horizons with Mt. Desolation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Planeador on October 20, 2010
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If you like Mumford and Sons, you'll like this album. Good mellow, British country folk (?!), which I seem to dig way more than the American counterpart. This album was a surprise, but great find. Departure, Annie Ford and Bitter Pill are great songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 19, 2010
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There have been quite a few super groups lately; Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Tired Pony, and Monsters Of Folk, to mention a few. Mt. Desolation features Keane's Jesse Quinn and vocalist Tim Rice-Oxley, as well as a few members from Folk groups Mumford & Sons, Noah & The Whale, and the drummer from The Killers. Their eponymous debut comprises catchy piano-driven Country music.

The opening salvo of "Departure" and "Annie Ford" are sunny and upbeat and wouldn't sound out of place on a Springsteen album. The album's highlight arrives early, the Bluesy Americana "Bridal Gown" which is moody and absolutely spectacular.

The plaintive "Another Side of My Bed" features the smooth vocals of Jessica Staveley-Taylor. "The Midnight Ghost" is a slow shuffling Blues/Country song. "Platform 7" is upbeat with boy/girl vocals, "My My My" is a fiddle-driven ballad, while "Coming Home" is a quivering ballad with eerie flourishes. A vanity project it may be, but warm and wonderful it is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2010
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Mt. Desolation's music is hard to classify. Alternative country or folk seems like a better fit than alt-rock. I am enjoying the mellow sounds, which are much less pop than Keane.
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All in all a pretty good album. I can't put a finger on a genre if any but it doesn't fit into the alternative rock category it was placed in. I'd say more folk / country than rock. They are unique although if i had to describe the sound, it has a mix of The Killers meets Billy Joel. All the tracks are very radio friendly with nothing that would seem to appear as filler tracks. The mood reflects the extremes of emotions from leaving a beloved place, seeing a daughter grow up and being married or how someone deals with dead and dying, reminiscing about love lost. The tracks that stand out most to me are:

- "Departure" which starts like a ennio morricone western but then starts turning folksy, very catchy.
- "Bridal Gown" song about a father daughter relationship, storylike, sad.
- "Another Night On my Side" Reflections with a wife/lover
- "Midnight Ghost" soulful, more of a gospel twist
- "My, my, my" song about a father's death and reflections of their relationship
- "Coming Home" song about dying and making peace with surroundings, enjoying simple things in life.
- "Halo of Fireflies" yeah, lake made of whiskey...daydreaming

Great stuff, 4/5 stars.
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