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I Am Mountain

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Finding a more apt metaphor -- both musical and personal -- than a mountain would be difficult for the musical collective known as Gungor. The group's newest studio creation features all the elements you think of when you visualize a mountain…a challenge, slippery slopes, new discovery and ultimately great beauty. Michael Gungor and his collaborators have forged a new musical identity in a time of personal turmoil, inviting listeners alongside for a journey through both darkness and light, rediscovering life while reinterpreting truth.
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  • Audio CD (September 24, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hither & Yon
  • ASIN: B00EBC0WPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I thought long and hard about what rating to give this CD. This is not technically Gungor's best album (more on that below), but even average Gungor is so much better than the majority of music out there, especially on the Christian music scene. I don't know that I've ever found elsewhere the same combination of powerful theology, beautiful lyrics, and complex, stunning musicianship that Gungor produces, and in that respect, this CD is no exception.

As other reviewers have noted, this CD is a bit more experimental than their past ones, which produces many highs and a few lows (I'm not really an auto-tune fan). The musicianship is layered and complex throughout the CD, and each subsequent listen unearths a few new gems. This CD seems to be less about catchy tunes and more about atmospheres of sound. All of this I like.

The reason I decided on giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it's not as good as Ghosts Upon the Earth, which I find to be a stunning, amazing album, one of the best to come out in the last five to ten years, Christian or secular. So for me, the follow-up to that album was bound to disappoint. However, given the drastic difference in styles between these two albums, I can't say I'm disappointed, just sort of surprised. But not in a bad way.

Anyway, if you're new to Gungor, don't start here. If you're a Gungor fan and want to hear the next step of their music evolution, pick up this CD, sit in a dark room, put this CD on, lie back, and ponder the important things in life.
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By McLaineCM on September 25, 2013
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Gungor is a group that manages to reinvent themselves every album. "Beautiful Things" was mostly a worship album, while "Ghosts Upon the Earth" told a beautiful story throughout the album.
"I Am Mountain" is not a worship album and it's not a story. This album is more of a journey with ever changing styles and movements. It shows a journey with struggle and raw emotion. Altogether, the music is creative, complex, and innovative. You won't use any of this music to lead worship, but you will have a wonderful experience if you put on a good set of headphones and just listen.
This is not a simple thing to just sing along with. No, this album takes time and effort to truly grasp the artists intentions and meaning.
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And that's wonderful.

One of my favorite things about Gungor is that they aren't repetitive. They are actual artists who, with each new auditory offering, present to us a brand new album that is an improvement on the last. Michael Gungor probably doesn't care that there will be some people who aren't fans of this album, because this is his heart and soul. This album is going to frustrate and anger some people, but for those who appreciate Gungor more for their God given talent in creating thoughtful music in a variety of genres and less for their ability to write super sing along-y songs that you'll complain about singing over and over again at church in 6 months, this is an album you should listen to.

Songs that I've listened to repeatedly: I Am Mountain, Beat of Her Heart, Let it Go, God and Country, The Best Part.

God and Country and Beat of Her Heart are probably going to get Gungor the most amount of flak.

"God and Country" is birthed out of a blog post written by Michael Gungor (at least that's what it sounds like to me) about America's fascination with guns and war and how that's affected us as a country. I'm excited that there's diversity of thought on this issue in christian circles. I think it's okay to admit that we're not unified on stances like gun control and war. And I think it's okay to listen to music that maybe challenges your thoughts on these issues. Don't close your ears just because the song mentions "hell" in a non christian-ese manner.

"Beat of Her Heart" is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. I can only imagine that there will be some who say "Dude's got the whole bible from which to pull inspiration, and he goes to Greek myth instead?
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I'm going to happily contest the words of some short sighted critics on amazon, who assert "there is no mention of Jesus" in this album. If you are a christian painter - should you only paint pictures of Jesus? If you are a christian teacher - should you only work in a christian school? Being a christian, whether or not you are a musician, is about a lot more than tallying up the number of time you can say "Jesus". Quite frankly I find that this album says more about Christ and the church between the lines - especially in tracks like "Wayward and Torn" -- none of us can speak for the musician, but to me that song is clearly about the church being open to all people and all walks of life. It's about the love of Christ! As far as the Gods (plural) referenced in the album - the song is obviously a metaphor - and before any of us came to know Christ, we too served many Gods - maybe these lyrics ruffle your feathers because the fact of the matter is that many of us, just like the Israelites, serve many false Gods...because you are a Christian it doesn't make you immune to the pluralism that runs wild in our culture. One review told Gungor it's time to "nut up or shut up" - I might say the same about "christians" who buy music that's been put through a food processor because they don't want to talk about real issues anymore. Grow up church. It's time to mature. Gungor has accomplished something great in this album - they have spoken truths about God and have upset shallow Christians at the same time.
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