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Pink Mountaintops quilts his 5-year return from classic rock fabric

Album review: Pink Mountaintops’ ‘Get Back’

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Pink Mountaintops
Get Back
Jagjaguwar
★★★

(out of 5 stars)

Five long years away from his side project raises the question of what, exactly, has played muse to Black Mountains’ Stephen McBean for this new work. The answer is everything but the last Pink Mountaintops album (2009’s Outside Love). Seriously, everything. That’s bad news for fans of that record’s gorgeous country-gaze majesty, but it’s not blanket bad news. While on hiatus from both projects, McBean moved to L.A. and started hanging out with the Icarus Line’s Joe Cardamone – who produced the album – and geeking out on seminal underground bands. This album is unabashedly quilted from classic rock & roll inspirations – from glam to Krautrock to arty post-punk. As such, it’s scattershot. But with taste and execution on top cuts like the Johnny Thunders-channeling of “Sixteen,” the Psychedelic Furs-esque “Shakedown” and especially the towering Oasis grace of “Through All the Worry,” Get Back is a pretty righteous mixtape.

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