Wilderness Heart

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2010 Ratings: #481 / 867
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Based on 17 ratings
September 14, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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No Ripcord

Bands like Black Mountain seem very rare, ably and willingly carrying on those wayward sons still in love with arena swagger and hit-making persuasion. Queens of the Stone Age aided in filling that void for a while, celebrating avant-garde manipulations of the 70s rock paradigm, but with Black Mountain the Sabbath-inspired edge gleams so brightly it’s blinding, at least this time around.


Now we are in the future, the good news for lovers of that record is this one is every bit as good - and if anything sounds more confident and assured.


In FM-radio terms, Wilderness Heart is Black Mountain's Houses of the Holy, an album that shimmers as much as it bulldozes, humors as much as it rages, while flexing a more pronounced pop sensibility that mostly works in the band's favor rather than to their detriment.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Whatever Black Mountain lacks in originality they more than make up for in conviction. Wilderness Heart won’t likely be remembered as their best album, but 'best,' as a classification, is counter-intuitive to such a fervently revivalist bunch.

Drowned in Sound

For Wilderness Heart remains, ultimately, a collection of ten tracks of roughly equal length, each taking roughly one classic idea and pickling it in (admittedly, impeccably realised) production gloss and traditionalist technique.


Wilderness Heart will most likely separate Black Mountain fans as fans of the band’s heavier sound will gravitate toward In the Future and fans of their more folksy/retro sound may lean toward Wilderness Heart.

You have to appreciate this band's "cool" (for lack of a better word) swagger. Again, for lack of a more professional way to phrase this, this is a bitchin' album that will make you want to throw some shades on and roll out on a motorcycle.
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Old Fangs, The Hair Song, Let Spirits Ride, Radiant Hearts

Least Fav Track: Buried By The Blues
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Year End Lists

#48/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. The Hair Song 
  2. Old Fangs 
  3. Radiant Hearts 
  4. Let Spirits Ride 
  5. Let Spirits Ride 
  6. Buried By The Blues 
  7. The Way To Gone 
  8. Wilderness Heart 
  9. The Space Of Your Mind 
  10. Sadie

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