Black Stone Cherry (BSC) are back with a new album. This is their fourth album, the first one with Joe Barresi at the helm. Their first two albums are southern rock at its finest whereas their third album was a big slab of radio rock. For me it is reassuring that they on this album, Magic Mountain, take a step back sound wise towards the first two albums. Sure, there were some great songs on the polished album but I think that this is how they should sound.
The guys come out swinging on Holding On to Let Go, a song that could have been taken of their album Folklore and Superstition. Peace Pipe is a slower, groovier song. First single Me and Mary Jane sounds just like a BSC-song as does Fiesta del Fuego, which is single number two. However, the latter sounds a bit too much like the more commercial songs on the third record. Songs that stand out on this album are Sometimes, which is a nice acoustic song. Hollywood In Kentucky, which actually could be counted as a country song. Remember Me is another great song and a nice way to end the album. On the other hand, songs like Dance Girl or Peace Pipe really does not do anything for me.
Although some melodies and lyrics (!) sound familiar I think that they have found a pretty good mixture of the old and the new here. Sure, some songs might be a bit too similar to each other but at least this is better than the previous album. All in all this is a a good, although uneven, album.