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Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain (2014)

Black Stone Cherry Magic Mountain

Black Stone Cherry
Magic Mountain
Roadrunner Records, 2014

When Black Stone Cherry burst onto the rock scene in 2006 with the single “Lonely Train” from their self-titled album, it was clear that southern rock was still alive in the United States. Obviously influenced by the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Stone Cherry turned up the volume and rocked even harder than those boys from Jacksonville. With Magic Mountain, BSC’s fourth studio release, that tradition continues. There is little deviation from the established formula, though they do experiment a bit with the acoustic “Sometimes” and the ready-for-country-radio “Hollywood in Kentucky.” The rest of the tracklist is straight-forward hard southern rock; the best tracks include “Fiesta Del Fuego” and “Never Surrender.”

My only complaint about Magic Mountain is the nearly constant reference to drug use. From the first single, “Me And Mary Jane” to the musically excellent “Blow My Mind,” the lyrical content is overwhelmingly in favor illicit drugs. Musically, the album is excellent from start to finish, but the lyrics are a bit of a let-down.

Those who enjoy Black Stone Cherry’s records are only getting part of the package; their live show is top-notch. When I saw the band opening for Black Label Society several years ago, I was impressed by their professionalism and exuberance on the stage. Still new at that time, Black Stone Cherry was cemented in my mind as a band to watch. For the most part, I have not been disappointed. Magic Mountain may be their melodically best release since the debut.

Tracklist:
1. Holding On To Letting Go
2. Peace Pipe
3. Bad Luck & Hard Love
4. Me And Mary Jane
5. Runaway
6. Magic Mountain
7. Never Surrender
8. Blow My Mind
9. Sometimes
10. Fiesta Del Fuego
11. Dance Girl
12. Hollywood in Kentucky
13. Remember Me

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