Why There Are Mountains

Why There Are Mountains

by Cymbals Eat Guitars
     
 

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Cymbals Eat Guitars steal brashly: "Cold Spring," for example, ruptures into what the band could only have referred to in practice as "the Modest Mouse part," all perverse locomotion and hoarse bleating, while the ramshackle wordiness of "Indiana" evokes Stephen Malkmus

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Cymbals Eat Guitars steal brashly: "Cold Spring," for example, ruptures into what the band could only have referred to in practice as "the Modest Mouse part," all perverse locomotion and hoarse bleating, while the ramshackle wordiness of "Indiana" evokes Stephen Malkmus plainly, without reservation. Elsewhere rise great leviathans of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead guitarissimo and noble falcons of Sufjan Stevens brass. These guys are second-rate thieves, in other words, stealing at will but without the authorial command to make these goods their own. But, standards be damned, that doesn't mean Why There Are Mountains isn't also a lot of fun -- particularly on opener "And the Hazy Sea," which sends the aforementioned leviathans vaulting over passages of simmering quietude and scorched-universe howls, the sort of immediate classic that bands start first albums with. It's the only song that manages to make its own statement, but even so, the band performs some novice alchemy elsewhere as well, transforming all the shameless pastiche into something of a reminder of classic indie rock's greatness. They're a far shot away from all that, but if nothing else, they prove they've got their eyes on the right destination.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2009
Label:
Memphis Indst Import
UPC:
5060146091534
catalogNumber:
4609153
Rank:
189770

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cymbals Eat Guitars   Primary Artist
Marika Hughes   Cello
Lizzy Yoder   Vocals
Megan Weeder   Violin
Kyle "Slick" Johnson   Percussion
Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen   Trombone
Joseph D'Agostino   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Brian Hamilton   Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Matthew Miller   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Daniel Baer   Piano,Keyboards
Matt Gasiorowski   Trumpet
Neil Berenholz   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kyle "Slick" Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Joseph D'Agostino   Composer

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