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Album Review

On their third album, 1982's Mountain Music, Alabama hit their stride, streamlining the rough edges out of their sound and turning into a well-oiled hit machine. Here, when they stretch out it's on the nearly seven-minute "Changes Comin' On," which doesn't jam like Southern rock but instead has a smooth groove that veers close to soft rock. Of course, that soft rock quality was not only a large reason why Alabama crossed over to the pop charts ("Take Me Down," one of three number one country singles here — the other two being the anthemic title cut and "Close Enough to Perfect" — crossed over into the pop Top 20, which is no small feat), it was also instrumental in defining the group's own brand of "mountain music." If their country music didn't sound too down-home — it didn't twang, it didn't have mandolins, it was built on electric guitars — it was nevertheless pure country in its own modern way, borrowing on Western mythos ("Words at Twenty Paces" has an implied swagger, even if it is never menacing) and early Americana-rock (a strong cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River"), playing up both sentiment (both the slow devotional "You Turn Me On" and the family celebration "Never Be One") and revelry ("Gonna Have a Party") to create the template for contemporary country. If there's just a touch too much of the slow stuff here, it's all expertly executed and almost all the songs click, with the best (all the aforementioned tracks, minus "Never Be One") standing among the band's best material, helping to make Mountain Music not only one of their best albums, but a record that — despite its big, slick production — still sounds like modern country even decades after its initial release.

Customer Reviews

One of the best bands period end of discussion

My mom and dad raised me on old time records and this happened to be the one I liked the most out of their 33's.I enjoyed every track from start to finish.Alabama should have never retired because their legacy will last forever.They are just that good of a band.If you want one of the best 80's albums then you should go ahead and purchase this $5.99 unless you are broke then maybe you should wait till you get some cash on your debit card then buy it.You will be glad that you did.Trust me I am 24 and I have been listening to them my whole entire life and I even went to their concert when Kenny Chesney was touring with them and then he was just trying to get his foot in the music industry.He even thanked them at the CMA's.Enjoy.

alabama is a great band. and this album is amazing

alabama is a classic band that every single person in the world should have on their ipod/ cds or whatever... alabama is definitly one of the top ten country bands of all time. bands of all time. everyone should buy this album. you wont regret it. BUY THIS! (im 15 by the way) and i love alabama.


Could be the greatest country album.......EVER!!!


Formed: 1977 in Fort Payne, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Before Alabama, bands were usually relegated to a supporting role in country music. In the first part of the century, bands were popular with audiences across the country, but as recordings became available, nearly every popular recording artist was a vocalist, not a group. Alabama was the group that made country bands popular again. Emerging in the late '70s, the band had roots in both country and rock; in fact, many of Alabama's musical concepts, particularly the idea of a performing band, owed...
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