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Album Review

The term "roots rock" has been used quite loosely over the years — as just about every band that has a hint of acoustic guitar in its sound seems to fall under the aforementioned stylistic umbrella. But the duo of brothers Char and Robbie Rothschild — better known as Round Mountain — is the real deal when it comes to roots rock, especially as evidenced by the pair's third release overall, 2009's Windward. Despite the band being solely comprised of the two brothers, an extraordinary array of exotic and uncommon instruments is utilized — Irish whistle, gaida, saz, cajon, bouzouki, kora, etc. But it all fits together nicely (as it sounds more "folk music" than "world music"), with Round Mountain's music sounding consistently mellow and laid-back, as evidenced by such tracks as "Don't Lie Down," "In Us All," and "I'm Gone." For roots rock that is entirely free of such expected influences as Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones (three artists who go hand in hand with the genre), Round Mountain have hit upon a special formula with Windward.

Customer Reviews

#3 just as good as #s 1 and 2

For those of you who don't know, Round Mountain is Char and Robby Rothschild, joined on this and the previous album (Truth and Darkness) by Jon Gagan, who occasionally joins them live. All are based in Santa Fe, NM, and all are exceptional musicians (not to mention exceptional people!). Char and Robby have both studied many many different styles of music from all over the world, and they meld them together in their powerful music. I highly recommend this to anyone with an open mind and an open ear. My favorite tracks: L'orage and Carry the Stone.

Listen to this!

These guys are amazing musicians playing great songs. The lyrics tell cool stories, and the music soothes my soul. Enjoy!

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