Songs from Black Mountain

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Songs from Black Mountain
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Studio album by Live
Released April 10, 2006 (2006-04-10)
Recorded May 2005
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 42:23
Label Epic
Producer Jim Wirt
Live chronology
Awake: The Best of Live
(2004)Awake: The Best of Live2004
Songs from Black Mountain
(2006)
Radiant Sea: A Collection of Bootleg Rarities and Two New Songs
(2007)Radiant Sea: A Collection of Bootleg Rarities and Two New Songs2007
Singles from Songs from Black Mountain
  1. "The River"
    Released: March 21, 2006
  2. "Mystery"
    Released: 2006
  3. "Wings"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 50/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Addiction 4.5/5 stars[3]
Billboard unfavorable[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
musicOMH 1/5 stars[5]
Paste 1/10[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 1.5/5 stars[7]

Songs from Black Mountain is Live's seventh studio album and was the last to feature vocalist Ed Kowalczyk prior to his temporary departure from the band between 2009 and 2016. It was released in most countries on April 10, 2006, but was released on May 9 in Canada, May 29 in the UK and June 6 in the US. It was their only release through Epic Records.[8] The first single, "The River", was released on March 21, 2006.

Although the album had some international success, including reaching number 1 in the Netherlands, it had the lowest US sales of any of Live's studio albums since their first album, Mental Jewelry, peaking at number 52 on the Billboard 200.

Background[edit]

Live signed with Epic Records in 2005, having left Radioactive after the release of their 2003 album, Birds of Pray.[8] Singer Ed Kowalczyk explained that Songs from Black Mountain is in the same vein as Birds of Pray: "The album itself kind of took its lead from where we were with Birds of Pray, which was just a really basic, stripped [approach]...It's just amazing. It's just a great album and the excitement level of [Epic] and the band, everybody is just really pretty blown away by it."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ed Kowalczyk.

  1. "The River" – 2:58
  2. "Mystery" – 3:45
  3. "Get Ready" – 3:32
  4. "Show" – 3:24
  5. "Wings" – 3:51
  6. "Sofia" – 3:54
  7. "Love Shines (A Song for My Daughters About God)" – 3:21
  8. "Where Do We Go from Here?" – 3:46
  9. "Home" – 3:23
  10. "All I Need" – 3:13
  11. "You Are Not Alone" – 3:43
  12. "Night of Nights" – 3:33

Personnel[edit]

Live[10]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
Australian Albums Chart[11] 4
Austrian Albums Chart[11] 66
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[11] 14
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 1
German Albums Chart[12] 73
New Zealand Albums Chart[11] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 14
Swiss Albums Chart[11] 73
UK Albums Chart[13] 172
US Billboard 200[14] 52

Singles[edit]

Song Peak chart positions
AUS BEL (FL) NED
"The River"[15] 33 49 15
"Mystery"
"Wings"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Songs From Black Mountain". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Chad, "Alternative Addiction Review".
  4. ^ Collis, Clark (2006-06-16). "Songs From Black Mountain Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  5. ^ Bansal, Vik (2006-05-29). "Live – Songs from Black Mountain". musicOMH. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  6. ^ Green, Andy (2006-06-13). "Songs From Black Mountain : Live : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  7. ^ Jones, Preston (2006-06-26). "Live: Songs From Black Mountain". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  8. ^ a b Chad, "Live Makes Epic Move" Alternative Addiction - August 29, 2005
  9. ^ Chad, "Live Goes Back to Basics for Epic Debut". Alternative Addiction, September 29, 2005.
  10. ^ http://coverlib.com/entry/id289405/live-songs-from-black-mountain
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ultratop entry for Songs From Black Mountain". Ultratop.
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LIVE / Longplay". Musicline.de.
  13. ^ "Chart Log UK entry for Live". Chart Log UK.
  14. ^ "Songs From Black Mountain > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic.
  15. ^ "Ultratop entry for The River" Ultratop

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