Heartless Bastards
The Mountain

Release Date: February 03, 2009
Produced by: Mike "TheSnark" McCarthy
Format: CD



Matt Rowe


No one knows the disquiet found in Wennerstrom's soul.  But when she decides to reach inside to find songs for the band's next album, she wavers not nor does she hold anything back.  She owns a voices that is easily positioned throughout the decades of Rock music, and which gives her license to explore the vast landscape of Rock's aging life.

When you have the voice that Erika Wennerstrom possesses, there can only be good ensue.  This is the feeling that emerges from the excellence that is The Mountain, the latest effort from Heartless Bastards.  The album's 11 songs uses elements of the late '60s and early '70s sound, forging a powerhouse of an album that contains a New Millennium feel, as comfortable now as it would have been decades back.

The Mountain begins with the title cut, a stoner song with soaring guitar and a building wall of sound that eventually merges into the second song, “Could be So Happy.”  There is the Country/Blues of “Hold Your Head High,” and the extraordinary dynamo of “Out at Sea, one of the album's premier quality cuts.

The album explores the topography of Blues, Folk, Country, and Rock.  “Had to Go” uses banjo and violin to achieve a bluegrass feel that does not detract from the fury of the album while “Witchypoo” has a strong Led Zeppelin feeling to it that is uncanny.

Take a deep breath and drink through your gills.  You won't be sorry as The Mountain is easily one of the best albums of the year, if not one of the most powerful. 

Lorne Michaels, take note.  Heartless Bastards is an excellent fit as a featured band on SNL.  With indie cred so deep, and so much blues influenced excellence running throughout the album, it is just a matter of time before the deep music fans discover this great band...if you haven't already.









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