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Mt. Desolation, the new band of Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, release their debut album Mt. Desolation on October 19th, 2010 through Cherrytree/Interscope Records.

Those who have visited Dublin will know that sipping Guinness by a fire in a nice old pub while it's chucking it down outside is one of life's great pleasures. It's also, as you can probably imagine, ... Read more in Amazon's Mt. Desolation Store

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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherrytree/Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B003XII69S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Departure
2. Annie Ford
3. Bridal Gown
4. State Of Our Affairs
5. Bitter Pill
6. Another Night On My Side
7. The "Midnight Ghost"
8. Platform 7
9. My My My
10. Coming Home

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THE NEW ALT-COUNTRY BAND FROM KEANE'S TIM RICE-OXLEY AND JESSE QUIN
Featuring "Bitter Pill" and "Departure"

"Beautifully crafted, and unfailingly lovely"
-- THE TIMES (LONDON)

Mt. Desolation, the new band of Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, release their debut album Mt. Desolation through Cherrytree/Interscope Records.

Those who have visited Dublin will know that sipping Guinness by a fire in a nice old pub while it's chucking it down outside is one of life's great pleasures. It's also, as you can probably imagine, the perfect setting for eagerly hatching wild ideas and schemes. And so on one such blustery and cold night in September two friends, Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, decided (whilst in wildly animated conversation about music and probably also well on their way to needing a taxi home) that they would make a country album. As with so many ideas that come about on a belly full of Jameson's, in the cold light of day it did not seem like such a good plan. Two English men trying to sing like Hank Williams was definitely a recipe for disaster. The whole thing was forgotten about in the time it took to recover from the headache that morning. But the headache was to return.

Out of the blue a couple of months later Tim emailed Jesse a rough demo of "Departure." Not wanting to be outdone, Jesse vollied back a demo of "Annie Ford." Before they knew it there were half a dozen songs and without really putting much planning into it, the idea to make a record was resurrected.

Enlisting the help of friends from various other bands the newly formed group went into Eastcote studios in London at the snowy start of this year. With production wizard Emery Dobyns (Anthony & The Johnsons, Noah & The Whale, Patti Smith),, patiently manning the controls, the idea was to record as much of the album as possible live. For the finishing touches, they experimented with whatever extra noises they felt like (cue dustbin lids, anvils, bullhorns and heavily distorted theremins) and a supporting cast of friends who would regularly stop by and add their ideas, whether invited or not.

With the album completed in late May, Mt. Desolation announced details of a free download, "State of Our Affairs," through their band blog after a deliberately low-key debut gig at London's Luminaire in early June. The MP3 was downloaded several thousand times and introduced Mt. Desolation with a haunting, atmospheric ballad featuring a starkly plucked violin and a vocal by Jesse. Within twenty-four hours, YouTube was already awash with live recordings from the Luminaire show and to their fans, Mt. Desolation had progressed from a tantalizing series of studio shots and cryptic messages on a blog, to a band with an arsenal of beguiling songs.

The eponymous album opens with "Departure," a raucous, high-tempo hoedown of a song, written and sung by Tim. Featuring The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci and Mumford & Sons' Country Winston, it is a hugely spirited tune that sweeps with an infectious rhythm and classic-sounding chorus. It's followed by "Annie Ford," a song written and sung by Jesse with a stetson doffed to Nashville. Jesse's rich timbre evokes the spirit of the rapturous Tennessee era of country, and serves as an accomplished introduction to another fine young songwriter. "Another Night On My Side" is as reflective as it is warm and cocooning, and features a beautiful duet between Jesse and Jessica Staveley-Taylor (one third of the hotly tipped band of sisters known as The Staves); "Platform 7" revisits the high-octane country rambling spirit of "Departure"; "Bridal Gown" is a charming, soothing lament; and the bluesy "The Midnight Ghost" takes its inspiration from Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums."

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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 --- 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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