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Pink Mountaintops 

Outside Love (Jagjaguwar)

Compared to the heavy hash-oil sludge of Stephen McBean's other band (Black Mountain), Pink Mountaintops make trippy music that contains more flower power and LSD. Outside Love is more diverse than its predecessor---stretching beyond guitar and drum riffs to include strings and things brimming with a Jesus and Mary Chain wall of sound. This duality is a perfect soundscape for these songs, which portray undying love interwoven with resentment, death and betrayal: "Rotten fingers hold my hand/promise me that in the end/we will find true love again" (from "Execution.") Never has love and life sounded so imperfectly appealing.

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