Prime Music
Buy New
$17.45
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com in easy-to-open packaging.
Gift-wrap available.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The Mountain [Vinyl]
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The Mountain [Vinyl]


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Prime Music Prime Members Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Vinyl, May 26, 2009
"Please retry"
$17.45
$16.98
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.
This item will be visible when delivered. To keep it a surprise, select This is a gift in checkout.

Collectible Vinyl Records
Dig through vinyl records autographed by your favorite artists.

Amazon's Heartless Bastards Store

Music

Image of album by Heartless Bastards

Photos

Image of Heartless Bastards

Biography

Brimming with confidence and creativity, Arrow sees Heartless Bastards pushing their distinctive sound forward with their most eclectic, energetic collection thus far. The album – the Austin, Texas-based band’s first release with Partisan Records – is marked as ever by singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom’s remarkable voice, at turns primal and pleading, ... Read more in Amazon's Heartless Bastards Store

Visit Amazon's Heartless Bastards Store
for 4 albums, 5 photos, and 1 full streaming song.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)
  • Check Out Our Turntable Store
    Need a new record player? Check out our turntable store for a great selection of turntables, needles, accessories, and more.
  • Get a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card: Get the Discover it card and get a $100.00 Amazon.com Gift Card* after your first purchase within 3 months. Learn more.

Frequently Bought Together

The Mountain [Vinyl] + Arrow + All This Time
Price for all three: $44.94

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B0024F13LE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Mountain
2. Be So Happy
3. Early in the Morning
4. Hold Your Head High
5. Out At Sea
6. Nothing Seems the Same
7. Wide Awake
8. So Quiet
9. Had To Go
10. Witchy Poo
11. Sway

Editorial Reviews

The Heartless Bastards' story starts in Dayton, Ohio, where Wennerstrom found the name on a multiple choice video trivia game at a bar.
As a songwriting teenager during a time when GBV and Brainiac were packing local bars and three of the Breeders were still in town, Wennerstrom used to sneak into clubs to check out the scene. I would just see those people my music heroes hanging out at the bar like everyone else she remembers. I could see myself in them. It gave me inspiration to do my own thing.

After doing the usual business of playing local shows, the trio set out the following year on a regional tour. One of the first gigs of the trip took them to a bar in Akron, where Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney just happened to be one of only a handful of people in the audience. This chance encounter led Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards to Fat Possum Records, with whom they released their debut, Stairs and Elevators, in early 2005.

The band moved on with critical praise in their back pocket, including a four-and-a-half star review from Rolling Stone, which took note that, when Wennerstrom opens her throat on Stairs and Elevators ... she sounds like she s wailing on the shoulders of giants; her sad and angry vocals channeling all the swagger and spit of a young Robert Plant

All This Time, was released during the summer of 2006, it received even more widespread critical acclaim than Stairs and Elevators. The Bastards played hundreds of shows to support the record. They played huge festivals and toured with Wilco & Lucinda Williams. Wennerstrom s songs appeared often on TV shows & in films, this would be measured by most as a huge success. Though in Wennerstrom s mind her sound and band were still evolving, and she knew it was time for a change.

In true ascetic discipline, she moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 for a change of inspirational scenery and a new recording project. With the help of producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead), she assembled a group of musicians with whom she gave the songs life and uncovered yet another layer of herself and the Heartless Bastards. The two new Bastards aren t Texas ringers, but fellow Dayton brethren Dave Colvin on drums, and Jesse Ebaugh on bass, who actually played on the original demo that hooked Fat Possum.

The album, entitled The Mountain, delivers the powerful howl that fans expect from the Heartless Bastards, but also weaves in adventure with mandolins, banjos, strings and Erika s transcendent voice.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
20
4 star
3
3 star
3
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 26 customer reviews
I love listening to it from beginning to end every time I put it on.
Joseph Hoffman
The vocalist has an amazing voice--unique and compelling, yet able to blend very well with the rest of the band.
JotsFromJude
Erika Wennerstrom is the one constant in The Heartless Bastards, and that is how it should be.
'Rebel' Rod Ames

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have to start off by saying that when I reviewed the band's previous album here on Amazon, 2006's "All This Time", my review was censored by naming the band, if you can believe that, so I won't mention the band's name at all. The band came out of nowhere with 2 excellent albums released quickly one after another, 2005's "Stairs and Elevators" and 2006's "All This Time", to great critical acclaim, and since then a lot of things have happened. Singer-songwriter Erica Wennerstrom broke up with the band's bass-player and subsequently relocated from Cincinnati to Austin, TX, and now, finally after what seems like an eternity, and with a new line-up, Erica comes back with band's 3rd release.

"The Mountain" (11 tracks; 51 min.) introduces new elements to the band's sound, check out the opener and title track, which features a steel guitar. Check out also "Had To Go", a 7+ min. slow-burner of acoustic guitar, mandolin and violin, of all things, but somehow it works great. Most other tracks are more traditional to the band's sound. Check out the hard-charging (and very short) "Early In the Morning", the beautiful "Out At Sea" (first radio single), and the pensive "Wide Awake". The album closes with 2 great tunes, "Witchy Poo" and "Sway".

In all this is a very satisfying 3rd album for the band. Erica is evolving while staying true to the band's core sound. Meanwhile, the band continues to gather more and more attention. They have just embarked on a national tour in support of the new album and if you have a chance to see them, don't miss them. Their tour will make a stop in March here in greater Cincinnati at the Madison Theatre, and you can bet I will be there (I've seen the band quite a few times in the years they were based in Cincinnati.).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: MP3 Music
It would seem Heartless Bastards have a heart, and it shows on their latest record The Mountain (Fat Possum Records) released back in February of this year. I shamefully, very belatedly, discovered it via an email I received from Spoonful ([...]

The email I received offered up the title cut The Mountain. All I had to do was hear this one song. The next thing I knew, I had my credit card in hand purchasing this album. The tune begins with a slowly strummed distorted rhythm guitar that soon introduces us to an eerie steel or slide guitar, or possibly both, wailing in the not so distant background. The guitar leads us into the astoundingly powerful voice of singer-songwriter Erika Wennerstrom.

Her somewhat deep voice, emitting from a small stature, lends a very unique quality to an already distinctively psychedelic sound. She possesses one of the most silky-smooth voices I've heard in a very long time. I would personally rank her up there with female singers such as Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders or Annie Lennox of The Eurythmics, even the underappreciated Grace Slick at times. These are three extremely heavy hitters for sure, and great company for an up and coming young singer, but her voice is truly that strong.

This record is the result of Ms. Wennerstrom relocating from Ohio to Austin in 2007, barricading herself in her apartment with guitar, paper, and pen, and writing these new songs. Each song on The Mountain possesses its own flavor, its very own unique style, yet very much The Heartless Bastards. One song may be a standard rock tune (Early in the Morning), the next will have a bluesy feel (Hold Your Head High), and then finally, we will hear banjos, mandolins, even a fiddle (Had to Go & So Quite) on at least a couple tunes.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Alger on April 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I ran across Heartless Bartards, because they are set to open for Jenny Lewis later this year when I see her. What a pleasant find. I truly have not been this excited about new music since I first heard the White Stripes back in their hey day. Give this a listen. You won't regret it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
I gotta say, this is easily in the top 5 for albums of the year...maybe top 3. The vocals set this music apart from any proposed competition. The emotions are raw...and it shows. Music is rarely made like this anymore, and maybe it wasn't in the past either.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chase Stout on June 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first listened to snippets of The Mountain on their myspace page, and wasn't impressed. Then amazon had the download for 3 bucks, so I decided to give it another try, and it hasn't been out of my cd player since. I enjoy every song on the cd, and love the singer's voice. This is going to sound weird, but it reminds me of a mix between Janis Joplin and Judy Garland from the Wizard of Oz. I know, weird, but good.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan in Texas on November 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album is only good if you like music.

I saw them live in Fort Worth, TX and she is the real deal.

You feel like you are watching Rock history when you watch them play. She belts out her music with guts and sweat and it isn't for show. There is everything real behind her vocals.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JotsFromJude on August 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard this band play from The Mountain on "Austin City Limits" and I was hooked. This is the only album I've heard from them (Apparently they had a different lineup and slightly different sound before). I absolutely love the sound from this band. The title track has to have one of the nicest uses of slide guitar in a long-while. The vocalist has an amazing voice--unique and compelling, yet able to blend very well with the rest of the band.
I would recommend trying to see their recorded ACL performance.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Topic From this Discussion
Audio quality Be the first to reply
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?