Mastodon's "Crack The Skye" Lands On Time's Top 10 Albums Of 2009
Mastodon's latest album "Crack The Skye" has landed on spot #3 of Time's top 10 albums of 2009. "Crack The Skye" was the only metal album to make the list. Time had this to say about about the album:
The band name doesn't inspire confidence. Nor does the warlock-strewn album cover. Nor the fact that Crack the Skye is the last of a four-album cycle about Earth's elements. But before you sneer, "Hello, Cleveland," listen to Mastodon's thunderous, disciplined and expansive brand of metal. There are plenty of bass-drum carpet-bombings, and "The Czar," a four-part ode to Rasputin — O.K., go ahead: "Hello, Cleveland!" — has all the whiplash rhythm shifts of vintage Metallica. But the album also has nods to European folk, free jazz and prog rock, and as produced by Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam), it fronts a brawny sound that doesn't overwhelm the clarity of individual notes. Chuckle at lyrics about "the space-time paradigm" if you must, but the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon's music makes Crack the Skye sonically unforgettable.
The other artists on the list included Brad Paisley, Dirty Projectors, Miranda Lambert, Phoenix, The-Dream, Raekwon, Grizzly Bear, The Avett Brothers, and Lady Gaga.
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