Heavy Feather
Mountain of Sugar


3.8
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
December 16th, 2021 | 12 replies


Release Date: 04/09/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When tags like "vintage rock" don't matter.

When describing bands like Heavy Feather, we tend to throw the term "vintage rock" a lot, and for good reason, since the majority of those acts usually produce something that has been done several times in the past. Borderline ripping off isn't out of the question either, even though this is not a dealbreaker to the writer of this review, provided that the songwriting is solid and engaging enough. However, every once in a blue moon, albums like Mountain of Sugar appear out of the blue and render terms like "vintage rock" useless. You may wonder why, and the answer is simply because if the Stockholm quartet had released its sophomore effort some 50 years ago, with some luck (and a time machine), today it could be considered a hidden gem. Mountain of Sugar is a great slab of psychedelic and blues rock that will bring to your mind legendary acts like Free, Cream, and Jefferson Airplane, with some hints from The Allman Brothers. One thing that will instantly grab your attention from the very first seconds of the LP is Lisa Lystam's powerful vocals. What makes her so special is that her voice is memorable and, most of all, oozes character; just listen to the chorus of "Bright in My Mind". Other than that, the production is very fuzzy and suits the band's sound perfectly; the guitar, for example, sounds dry and warm, like on your favorite obscure '70s records. At the end of the day, Mountain of Sugar will be a treat for anyone who remotely enjoys psychedelic bluesy rock, and all those who wished Blues Pills had released another album like their debut.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2021


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Another one that flew under the radar this year.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2021


17129 Comments


Sweet nice review. You made me want to listen to Bright in My Mind ;)

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2021


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

haha, thanks Notrap! If you do check it, feel free to share if you enjoyed it.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2021


9403 Comments


Great album and band.

Regarding Swedish retro rock bands, everybody should listen to Stew.

Digging: Kold Front - Kold Front

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2021


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Thanks for the rec! I think you recommended me their debut a couple of years ago.

SpeachImpediment
December 16th 2021


114 Comments


This is really nice on first listen. Appreciate it!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2021


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Awesome, glad you enjoyed it Speach!

ZippaThaRippa
December 26th 2021


10654 Comments


Who the fuck has ever said “vintage rock”

SublimeSound
January 1st 2022


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I immediately love this. Thanks for sharing! This would've flown under my radar for sure.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2022


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Really glad to know that, Sublime! Appreciate it.

Antonius
January 4th 2022


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks a lot for reviewing this Manos! I had it in my list for some months now but never had the time to attack it. It came concurrently with Dirty Honey's debut and chosen to cover that one. Kudos for covering this in a short and sweet way!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2022


12378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Thanks, Antonius!



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