Outside Love

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All Music Guide - Ben Peterson
Pink Mountaintops' previous release, the rather lo-fi Axis of Evol, felt a bit like Stephen McBean's tossed-off side project, but Outside Love sounds much more fully developed, reaching heights every bit as breathtaking as his main band, Black Mountain. The group zigzags through a few disparate styles here, but these changes in trajectory are smoothed into a cohesive whole by the haze of sleepy psychedelia that pervades throughout. They channel barroom country & western on "And I Thank You," while McBean's stunning duet with guest vocalist Jesse Sykes on the title track evokes the haunted, glacial slowcore sound of Low. She's actually one of several enchanting female ...
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All Music Guide - Ben Peterson
Pink Mountaintops' previous release, the rather lo-fi Axis of Evol, felt a bit like Stephen McBean's tossed-off side project, but Outside Love sounds much more fully developed, reaching heights every bit as breathtaking as his main band, Black Mountain. The group zigzags through a few disparate styles here, but these changes in trajectory are smoothed into a cohesive whole by the haze of sleepy psychedelia that pervades throughout. They channel barroom country & western on "And I Thank You," while McBean's stunning duet with guest vocalist Jesse Sykes on the title track evokes the haunted, glacial slowcore sound of Low. She's actually one of several enchanting female voices that saddle up with his to create the album's consistently expansive, layered vocals, which fit perfectly alongside the Phil Spector-esque roar of reverb and saturation that frequently emerges. The feedback-laden production is also reminiscent of the Magnetic Fields' 2008 foray into Jesus and Mary Chain terrain, especially on the rollicking "Execution," which pits a rousing melody against sheets of white noise. To accompany the immensity of the sound, melodramatic themes concerning dying for love, living on the edge of desolation, and "angels burning in sin and flame" populate the songs, with the always first-person narration generally reveling in its own destruction. On the other hand, tracks like the harmonica-laden "Holiday" and album finale "Closer to Heaven" sound lyrically ebullient -- at least until you realize that it's only a product of their desperation. For all the drama, though, there's a remarkable sense of grandeur in this material, which comes from a mixture of blissful melodies and deliberate pacing. Album highlight "Vampire," for instance, is downright spine-tingling in its majestic build from a sparse beginning to a soaring coda, concluding with a rousing proclamation of "You can suck out the blood/But you can't kill the heart of my love." What makes Outside Love most compelling is that grim sort of optimism, delivered through a well-crafted sound that is as sedated as it is passionate, and simple as it is profound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • UPC: 656605213620
  • Catalog Number: 52136
  • Sales rank: 146,583

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Axis: Thrones of Love (4:50)
  2. 2 Execution (3:53)
  3. 3 While We Were Dreaming (3:55)
  4. 4 Vampire (3:52)
  5. 5 Holiday (3:22)
  6. 6 Come Down (2:09)
  7. 7 Outside Love (5:25)
  8. 8 And I Thank You (6:21)
  9. 9 The Gayest of Sunbeams (4:13)
  10. 10 Closer to Heaven (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pink Mountaintops Primary Artist
Diego de Castillo Vocals
Phil Wandscher Lap Steel Guitar
Emily Millikan Choir, Chorus
Tolan McNeil Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Keith Parry Percussion, Drums, Track Performer
Jesse Sykes Vocals
Ashley Webber Vocals, Track Performer
Ted Bois Organ, Piano, Track Performer
Lyndsay Sung Drums
Joshua Wells Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Conga, Drums, Track Performer
Sophie Trudeau Organ, Percussion, Violin, Vocals, Human Whistle, Xylophone, Melodica, Track Performer
Stephen McBean Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Musician
Amber Webber Vocals
Kathryn Calder Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Megan Boddy Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Cory Gangnes Drums
Rachelle Reath Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Mia Del Castillo Vocals
Lyndsay Sung Drums
Josh Stevenson Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Emily Milliken Vocals
Brad McKinnon Drums
Matthew Camirand Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Dale Nixon Engineer
Colin Stewart Engineer
John Congleton Engineer
Tolan McNeil Engineer
The Pink Mountaintops Audio Production
Stephen McBean Composer, Lyricist
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