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Album Review: Black Stone Cherry - Magic Mountain

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain

Written by Nicky Zardis


Black Stone Cherry’s fourth album, ‘Magic Mountain,’ produced by Joe Baressi, released by Roadrunner Records, will certainly not disappoint Black Stone Cherry fans. The album stays true to its original sound, which first appeared in the band’s debut self-titled album, which reportedly sold 110,000 copies. The band describe the album as capturing "the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship". The album is an even mix between southern rock and mainstream ‘radio’ rock, which appeals to a diverse mix of fans.

The album starts with a fast paced highly energised hard rock track, ‘Holding On…To Letting Go.’ A very Nickelback sounding track, which breaks into a terrific solo that could compete with likes of Metallica. Similarly, ‘Peace Pipe’ is typical hard rock track but with a fairly pronounced southern rock sound, a gritty track, again with a well-crafted ripping strong solo. ‘Bad Luck & Hard Love’ continues this theme, but with a more classic rock meets southern rock meets modern hard rock feel.

Tracks, such as ‘Me And Mary Jane,’ ‘Runaway,’ ‘Fiesta Del Fuego’ and ‘Dance Girl’ are catchy party songs that will get you dancing in the club. Whereas, ballads such as ‘Sometimes,’ are softer and more emotional, showing off Chris Robertson’s strong vocals.

The gem of the album, in my own personal opinion, is the country song ‘Hollywood in Kentucky.’ Maybe, it’s because I love country music and this was a nice surprise, but I thoroughly enjoyed the warm simple very catchy classic country track that could compete with the likes of Alan Jackson.

Overall, this is a good quality album that is everything you would expect from the band. With a mix of southern rock, classic rock and modern hard rock, it is an interesting and diverse album, that’s produced well with high quality riffs and guitar solos.


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