Mt. Gigantic - Old Smiler (Cover Artwork)

Mt. Gigantic

Mt. Gigantic: Old SmilerOld Smiler (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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I'm sort of at a loss of words at how to describe this record. At times it sounds like experimental pop ¡ la an electric Animal Collective, while others it holds a very Sonic Youth tone to it. There are tons of layers with guitars and piano and auxiliary percussion and many voices at all times, like the harmonization on a popular Neil Young song involving the word "man" in the title (you know, "Southern Man" or "Old Man"), only these voices aren't really in harmony. Or maybe it sounds like a Saddle Creek band if they were actually good. Exciting melody lines, great instrumentation, and all around fun.

The lyrics are hard to distinguish, and to be honest, I'm too lazy to look them up in the liner notes. What matters is that they're sung in interesting layers and melodies. They shift accordingly with the song structure, which is varied, with slow parts mixing with fast parts, loud parts feeding into quiet parts, and all in all just reminding me of the way the Who wrote "A Quick One While He's Away." Because of this, songs are fairly long, generally running five minutes. Then there's the one minute and fifteen seconds "Bells," which is an acoustic track with only one guitar and vocalist. This flows into "Hey There Is No Birthday Party In Here For Me In Here I Want To Punch You," which is a near-seven minute song which reminds me of the Polyphonic Spree playing Sonic Youth.

I don't really know what it is, but I can't seem to get my head all the way around it. It's a fun album with ingenious song writing and boundary-breaking experimentation, but altogether it doesn't hit me as anything that is 100% amazing. Call me old fashioned, but I can't deny the fact that a song with a great catchy melody is more likely to make an impact on me than something that's amazingly new and different. I mean, I have tons of Sonic Youth albums and dig them, but the pop sensibility of the Ramones pulls me in stronger and gives me something to remember better. And the more I remember a song, chances are the more I like it.

Actually, all in all I would probably just like it better if their band name didn't suck so much.


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Anonymous (May 3, 2005)

I still cant decide wether I like or hate this CD and Ive had it for a few months. Definitely the most interesting thing Ive heard in a while.

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

matt tobey and erin tobey from abe froman are the plan-it-x people in this band.

boldredletters (May 2, 2005)

wasn't madeline in this band? or some other person connected to plan-it-x.

stevejonestherealbones (May 1, 2005)

this protege guy is about as funny as me......i feel sorry for him

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- i really am funny though

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

You know? I think this bands name is pronounced Mountain Gigantic which is a little less lame then "Mount Gigantic." Still the name might be beter suited as a label for my grandmother's vagina.

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

I love Superdude. I want him back!


Jesse (April 30, 2005)

You got nothin' on superdude.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

To the post below this one. That was a good post but heres how I would have posted:

1. Are you getting a sweet deal with your relatives?
2. You know... sweet hook ups with babes.
3. Unless the member of the band that is related to you is a babe.
4. In that case, have you or would you do her?
5. If not, would you give her my number?
6. Thatd be awsome if she liked to cut her wrists.

-superdudes protege

cubaricho (April 29, 2005)

this score is for there being a friends and relatives band reviewed on here.

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

for the cover art. awesome stuff

Kenjamin (April 29, 2005)

Or maybe it sounds like a Saddle Creek band if they were actually good.

exploitedyouth (April 29, 2005)

i hate this wide screen thing they have one conan. scores for wide screen.


stevejonestherealbones (April 29, 2005)

yeah.... another fucking shitty bandname..thats two so far in this set of reviews

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

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