Mountain Man
Made The Harbor


4.0
excellent

Review

by Young Buck USER (8 Reviews)
July 13th, 2010 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With nothing more than a guitar and their voices these girls tell stories of nature, lust, and a gal named Sadie Doreen.

Every time I listen to Made The Harbor I get taken to a cabin out in the woods, the same place The Glow Pt 2 takes you to. Except this time its not a heartbroken guy, but instead three girls from Vermont with some of the best voices you will ever hear. The stories and emotions shared through these songs are very personal and you cannot help but being taken away to that cabin in the woods.

The album was recorded in an old 20th century ice cream parlor, and it sounds just as bare as the place it was recorded in. With the only instrument being a guitar that is played simply to back the girls mesmerizing voices, this album is stripped bare, producing the feeling that you are sitting in the room beside them. These girls can sing and they can sing well, their harmonies are so tight and perfect, along with their fantastic melodies it makes the main focus on them. They are able to transport the listener to many places through the stories told in the lyrics. The lyrics are vivid, captivating and are at no time pretentious or boring. The albums first track "Buffalo" shows the girls harmonies skip and slide overtop of a simple finger picked guitar while they tell tales of “the great black hills”, and “Dog Song” finds the sun questioning the moon over top of three note guitar chords backing their vocals perfectly. The bee bop a capella tune “How’m I Doin’” tells the story of the hottest girl down in New Orleans getting weak in the knees under the moonlight. This song shows that even without a guitar they can craft amazing songs utilizing just their voices, and this isn't the only time they do so. "River", the albums closer, is an a capella tune in which the girls show us fully how amazing their voices are. They're able to create a driving, catchy melody line and a song that closes off the album perfectly.

“Soft Skin” is one of the most beautiful songs about lust ever recorded. Another simple finger picked guitar starts the song as she warns “I have soft skin/are you gona let me in?". In some of the albums most vivid lyrics she gently sings “We’re so wet and we’re so tight/lean me down into the floor tonight”. The emotion added by the girls voices is amazing, and as she croons “Let me go” at the end of the song you feel a great sadness wash over. The most moving song on the album is “Animal Tracks”. The skipping guitar is met by a wispy vocal line describing summer with someone she loves until the chorus, when the girls sprawling harmonies sing about following animal tracks through the woods. As she asks “How will I know, how will I know?" and the harmonies soar and wash over it is overwhelming, and as the last lyrics are sung the song disappears and leaves you wondering what else is out there in the woods.

Now this album is no Glow Pt 2, but it still manages to take you away to that forest Phil Elvrum first took us to. The sweet harmonies slide and the guitar plucks, but it feels like there’s more than just that. Love in the summer air and the great Mississippi are some pieces of the picture created, and a picture is worth a thousand words. With nothing more than a guitar and their voices these girls tell stories of nature, lust, and a gal named Sadie Doreen.



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Jash
July 13th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

my second review, its 3am and im stoned so i hope its not too shitty. really good album, anyone who likes folk and or amazing singing need this album. let me know what ya'll think

Spare
July 13th 2010


5313 Comments


your ratings are pretty awesome so i'll get this. review describes the sound pretty well seemingly. i basically know what's up.

Jash
July 13th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome thanks brah. You won't be dissapoined

alachlahol
July 13th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea you were stoned when you wrote this. too much repetition and several uneasy fragments. doesn't explain why this is a classic beyond the 'amazing vocals'.

album isn't a 5 at all but these girls are great

Spare
July 13th 2010


5313 Comments


yeah this doesn't seem that great but it's still alright

alachlahol
July 13th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its no converge thats for sure

kount
July 13th 2010


1279 Comments


oWNEED

Spare
July 13th 2010


5313 Comments


converge are no oasis that's for sure

edit: converge are no rhcp that's for sure
edit: converge are no daft punk that's for sure
edit: converge are no snoop dogg that's for sure

Jash
July 13th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I knew this wasnt the best review but I didn't think it was neg worthy!

Jash
July 14th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I edited the review a bit, so hopefully it's not as bad. Any more suggestions would be awesome, if I'm writing bad reviews I want to know how to get better at it hahaha

East Hastings
July 14th 2010


4391 Comments


“Soft Skin” is one of the most beautiful about lust ever.

Think you forgot the word song in there somewhere.
until the chorus when the girls sprawling harmonies sing about following animal tracks through the woods.
until the chorus, when the girls' sprawling harmonies describe following animal tracks through the woods. this is basically all you gotta fix up, small punctuational and capitalization errors that make the reading choppy throughout. add commas, hyphens, and capitalize words that should be capitalized, etc. otherwise, good review.

Jash
July 15th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the pointers man, I'll fix that up asap

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2010


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, haters be hatin' Hey is this the album that has that song we were listening to when I was reallllllly stoned and said it was the best song ever recorded?

pos

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Jash
July 15th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man, yeah this is that album. The song was animal tracks, and it's the best song on the album but they're all super good

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2010


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can you send this to me? My internet skills are failing and I don't wanna torrent right now.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2010


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never mind I found it. Time to see if stoned Adrian knew what he was talking about.

Jash
July 15th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hahahahaha dude i think it'll be just as good. such a good album man, everytime i hear animal tracks i think of that night aftersmoking that blunt and youre just like "dude this is the best song ive ever heard" hahahahahaha

Jash
September 14th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album needs moar people listening to it!!!

BenedictVII
October 23rd 2010


369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just saw these guys open for Jonsi. They are quite the little trio.

Jash
October 23rd 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That would have been so amazing to see them before jonsi!!!! They guy who opened when I saw Jonsi sucked so much



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