Miracle Temple

Mount Moriah - Miracle Temple
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Based on 12 reviews
2013 Ratings: #302 / 955
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Based on 12 ratings
February 26, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Paste

Mount Moriah has certainly found more confidence in their identity, and Miracle Temple will be what defines them moving forward.

80
PopMatters

This album takes the understate melodies of its predecessor and pushes them into any and every logical musical path they could go down.

80
NME

Rising out of various metal and post-punk bands, on their second album MM flash their heavy roots on ‘Miracle Temple Holiness’.

78
Pitchfork

The album is nostalgic for people and times than can't be had again, no matter what magic you attempt.

70
The 405

It has a very definite audience, and will creep its way into the initiate's consciousness and secure a place alongside its peers without any trouble.

70
Consequence of Sound

Miracle Temple is a record of mood — and a downbeat mood at that. Mount Moriah exercise extreme restraint in their arrangements, with muted guitars, minor keys, and minimalistic rhythms. 

68
Beats Per Minute

Miracle Temple might prove that there’s still tales from North Carolina to feed off of, even if some of them are particularly dark. 

67
A.V. Club

Even the occasional sleepy moment can’t obscure the album’s sincerity and heart, and Mount Moriah’s status as a band with substantial things to say.

FinalLifeline
76
Mount Moriah's debt to Dolly Parton is apparent from the get go. This is a good thing, as Dolly Parton is one of the best performers and songwriting voices in country music. This similarity especially helps "Younger Days" to stand out as a rapturously beautiful track, and the rest are nearly just as good. For fans of Americana and classic country, this is sure to be a favorite of the year. It's a solid album, through and through.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#51/PopMatters

Track List

  1. Younger Days
  2. Bright Light
  3. Eureka Springs
  4. I Built a Town
  5. White Sands
  6. Connecticut to Carolina 
  7. Rosemary 
  8. Swannanoa
  9. Miracle Temple Holiness
  10. Union Street Bridge
  11. Those Girls
  12. Telling the Hour
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