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Moving Mountains

The Casket Lottery

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Album Review

A classic sophomore album, the Casket Lottery's Moving Mountains both tends more toward pop (the shimmering but resolute "A Dead Dear" for example) and subtle touches of experimentation (the stuttered samples on "Rip Van Winkle"), but it is neither as driving as Choose Bronze nor as seamlessly constructed as Survival Is for Cowards. Still, the record has its moments that are nothing less than magical — the sparkling break on "Vista Point," the oddly lulling quality of "A Thousand Oaks (Away from Home)," and the anthemic, loud-soft dynamics of "Optimist Honor Role." Moving Mountains may be less than perfect, but it's still stubbornly stunning — take the crunchy punk-pop and art rock of "Ancient Injury," a song that would surely get Weezer fans on their feet and then confound them about just how to dance to it.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Coalesce's Nathan Ellis (guitar/vocals) and Stacy Hilt (bass) founded the Casket Lottery in the late '90s and composed a sound around crashing emo-tailored lyrics and heavy guitar work. They picked up drummer Nathan Richardson just in time for tours with Rainer Maria, Small Brown Bike, Sweep the Leg Johnny, and Waxwing. Several EPs and homemade releases were issued prior to the band's proper debut, Choose Bronze, on Second Nature Recordings in 1999. A year later, Moving Mountains was released, showcasing...
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