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Summer Pick: In The Mountain, In The Cloud by Portugal. The Man
These guys aren’t new to me but their newest album sure is. Portugal. The Man released their sixth album this past July and it’s called In The Mountain, In The Cloud. This 11-track wonder contains some of the best songs in their entire catalog. The songs are musically splendid and lyrically interesting. My favorite song on the album is all because of the lyrics.
Some points of interest:
So American: John Gourley’s vocals always amaze me. But this song just does it for me. He’s not one to belt out but I feel he adds some in this particular song. That isn’t bad, by the way. The song starts out quietly and then invites you in with more instrumentation.
Got It All (This Can’t Living Now): Definitely one of the best tracks on the album. Once again, John Gourley sports his vocals so eloquently; his falsetto is priceless. On their YouTube channel, Portugalthemanband, a music video of this song was posted and holy shit, does this just get to ya. Being from Alaska, it’s only fitting that this video takes place in the frozen wilderness.
You Carried Us (Share with Me the Sun): Musically, this is my favorite song on the album. The guitars are great. The lead and backing vocals sound awesome. But the drums in this song seem the most powerful to me. I can’t really explain that feeling, but all I can say is that the drums speak to me most clearly.
Sleep Forever: Lyrically, this is my favorite song on the album. The song deals with a wide variety of subjects including the existence of God, the need for God, the afterlife, etc. This is just my interpretation, by the way.
The only bad thing I can say about this album is that some of the songs sounded too similar to songs they’ve done in the past. But I think this is excusable because that’s the “Portugal. The Man sound”. Their first and second showed how they were growing musically and then it got more mature from there.
This is a great, GREAT album by one of my favorite bands. I highly encourage you to check this album out and other works that they have done!