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Big Black River
Hilltops
Big Black River
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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The Hilltops didn't have as much twang as Blue Mountain and used perhaps too much R.E.M. jingle-jangle, but when the songs were good, the band was exhilarating. One of the best songs, "Dead End Street," was so good that ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Hilltops
Title: Big Black River
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Black Dog
Original Release Date: 4/21/1997
Re-Release Date: 4/15/1997
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 624048006420

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The Hilltops didn't have as much twang as Blue Mountain and used perhaps too much R.E.M. jingle-jangle, but when the songs were good, the band was exhilarating. One of the best songs, "Dead End Street," was so good that Blue Mountain recut it for Homegrown, but the original version is stronger because the Hilltops gave it an urban edge to go with its drug-deal scenario. Even better is Hudson's "Broke Down and Busted," an unflinching folk rock look at the gap between hope and reality in the "promised land." Just as good is John Stirratt's "Sidewalk," a dizzying love song which recalls the glories of the "Fifth Dimension" Byrds with its buzzing psychedelic guitars and high vocal harmonies. --Geoffrey Himes

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Basically a more electric Blue Mountain...
02/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"and really, what's wrong with that? Also, there are some songs written and sung by John Stiratt- the guy who sang "It's Just That Simple" on Wilco's first one- on here. That and the typical Cary stuff make this a necessity for anyone interested in Blue Mountain. "Broke Down And Busted" is awesome, "Old House" and "I'd Like To See You" stick out, too, but they're all pretty good."