In the Future

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In the Future
Studio album by Black Mountain
Released January 21, 2008
Genre Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, space rock
Length 57:03
Label Jagjaguwar
Producer Black Mountain
Black Mountain chronology
Black Mountain
(2005)Black Mountain2005
In the Future
Wilderness Heart
(2010)Wilderness Heart2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Crawdaddy! (favorable) link
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars link 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [1]
Stereogum (not rated) 12/14/07
The Skinny 5/5 stars link
Q 4/5 stars Feb 08
Obscure Sound (not rated) 11/28/07
Pitchfork Media 7.4/10 link (not rated) link

In the Future is the second album by Black Mountain, which was released January 21, 2008. It follows their eponymous debut album which was released in 2005. A "limited edition" of the album was released on the same day with 3 bonus tracks on a second disc. It debuted on the UK Album Chart at #72.

The album art was designed by keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt, who was influenced by Storm Thorgerson's work.[2]

The album was a nominee for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.[3]

Franz Nicolay, of The Hold Steady, listed the album as one of his favourite releases in 2008.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stephen McBean, except where noted.

  1. "Stormy High" - 4:32
  2. "Angels" - 3:07
  3. "Tyrants" - 8:00
  4. "Wucan" - 6:01
  5. "Stay Free" - 4:29
  6. "Queens Will Play" - 5:15
  7. "Evil Ways" - 3:25
  8. "Wild Wind" - 1:42
  9. "Bright Lights" - 16:37
  10. "Night Walks" (Amber Webber) - 3:55

Disc 2 (Limited Edition version only)[edit]

  1. "Bastards of Light" - 5:09
  2. "Thirteen Walls" - 7:06
  3. "Black Cat" - 2:51

Usage in other media[edit]

"Stay Free" was used in both the second season of Showtime's Californication on the episode "Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills", and the film Spider-Man 3 (it was included on the soundtrack album, which was released on May 1, 2007, eight months before the release of "In The Future").
"Stormy High" was used in the 2012 videogame Spec Ops: The Line.


  1. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  2. ^ Civiero, Cody (2008). Black Mountain refuse to define their future. The Gateway. 
  3. ^ Polaris Music Prize
  4. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Interview: Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady)". Retrieved 2012-02-24.