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Album Review

‘Tis the season for country-themed side projects. Just a few weeks before Mt. Desolation’s release, Tired Pony — another indie rock supergroup with rootsy inclinations — issued their own debut. What was billed as a country album turned out to be little more than standard pop/rock, though, which makes Mt. Desolation’s debut — recorded by a loose group of British musicians, with Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin serving as co-captains — all the more charming. The best songs here sound like genuine Americana, not pop songs dressed up in acoustic guitars and cowboy shirts, and even the filler material has a cohesion that’s rare for most first-time supergroups. “The Midnight Ghost,” with its barroom ambience and harmony vocals, is a woozy Western ballad that takes its cues from Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, while “Platform 7” — featuring the Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci on percussion — is bar band country-rock, filled with all the twangy trimmings that the Killers attempted (with mixed results) on Sam’s Town. Both of those highlights are pushed toward the back end of Mt. Desolation, and while that makes the album a tad bottom-heavy, it also means the track list doesn’t lose steam as it moves into its second half. Side projects with revolving lineups often result in scattered, hit-or-miss albums, but Mt. Desolation seems to be the exception.

Customer Reviews

Great Album

This is not a very known band, even though it is a supergroup. Mt. Desolation is very much like Them Crooked Vultures except this is a lot more softer material. I learned of the formation of this group a couple a months ago after The Killers decided to take a break and I wanted to know what each members future plans were. Well The Killers drummer (sorry don't remember his name) is now the drummer for Mt. Desolation. Let me make this clear...this is great group and a great album. They made this album beause of their passion for music, not just greed for money. Their music is labeled as "folk/country" but please disregard that. It is a lot more of soft rock than anything. Yes they have a bit of noticable twang but that doesn't make them folk or country. It is so hard to explain in words how great this band and album are so just buy it and see for yourself. You should also by the video for "State of Our Affairs". It is a great video and shows the passion this band puts intotheir music. So enough it!

Perfect mix of Alt/Country Pop beauty

All the songs on this album are very well written. A great listening experience from beginning to end. The songs are complex but have a simplicity to them that shines through in the highlights State of Our Affairs and Bitter Pill. A must have for people who like to listen to music that is just simply, great music.

These guys rock

Just saw this group live with Mumford & Sons. They rock and so does their music.


Formed: 2009 in England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mt. Desolation is the country-inspired side project of Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, who hatched plans for their new group during a break in Keane’s touring schedule. After working on demos for several months, the two entered a recording studio in early 2010, with several guest musicians coming along for the ride. Among those who contributed to the sessions were Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. of the Killers, Tom Hobden of Noah and the Whale, and Country Winston of Mumford & Sons. The group hit the...
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