Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010

Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010
18. Black Mountain Wilderness Heart (Outside)
It's tempting to compare Black Mountain's third record to Led Zeppelin's; though the English quartet were always of source of inspiration to Stephen McBean and company, Zep's third similarly blended hard-driving guitar rock with a softer acoustic edge, while reigning in the band's jammier tendencies. But Wilderness Heart also sees the Vancouver quintet step out of the shadow of their often-cited influences (Sabbath, Floyd) and establishes the band as songwriters to be reckoned with. Singer Amber Webber's emergence as a lead vocalist simply adds another weapon to the band's already formidable sonic arsenal.
Ian Gormely