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Why There Are Mountains

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2009 Ratings: #124 / 919
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
Liked by 3 people
January 20, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sinderlyn / Label
Indie Rock / Genre
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Plucking influences from 90s indie rock isn't new, but Cymbals Eat Guitars perfectly embody that casually ambitious slack-rock sound. Sometimes you just want the basics.
Under the Radar

The sprawling complexity of Why There Are Mountains shows a remarkable balance between patience and an ADHD-like lack of adherence to staying on one track. The result is that one can tune in at the beginning, middle, or end of a track and have no humanly idea how Cymbals Eat Guitars went from one to the other to the other. What could be better?

Spectrum Culture
Cymbals Eat Guitars are a band with plenty of great ideas, obvious skill, and 45 minutes to combine them as best they can with unpredictable results. Ultimately, it’s what makes both the band and the album so compelling.

Why Are There Mountains is one of the real gems from the 2000s with melodic vocals, plenty of dissonance, some frantic guitar parts that contribute to the overall build and crescendo of the tunes and emotion. It sounds like a mix between Sonic Youth and Modest Mouse. Best songs: Cold Spring, ... And the Hazy Sea, Indiana, Share, What Dogs See, Wind Phoenix (Proper Name), Living North

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