The Mountain Will Fall

The Mountain Will Fall is the fifth studio album by American music producer DJ Shadow. It was released on June 24, 2016 by Mass Appeal Records.[1]

The Mountain Will Fall
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 24, 2016
GenreInstrumental hip hop, electronic
Length49:37
LabelMass Appeal
ProducerDJ Shadow
DJ Shadow chronology
The Less You Know, the Better
(2011)
The Mountain Will Fall
(2016)
Our Pathetic Age
(2019)
Singles from The Mountain Will Fall
  1. "Nobody Speak"
    Released: April 16, 2016

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.2/10[2]
Metacritic66/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
The A.V. ClubB+[5]
Chicago Tribune    [6]
The Guardian     [7]
The Independent     [8]
NME2/5[9]
Pitchfork6.6/10[10]
Q     [11]
Spin7/10[12]
Uncut7/10[13]

The Mountain Will Fall received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 66, based on 26 reviews.[3] Adam Workman from The National said DJ Shadow gave his "sample-heavy, largely instrumental hip-hop" music a more "ambitious scope" than on his previous records,[14] while Spin journalist Brian Josephs believed his "brisk electronic direction" contributed to a coherence that was missing on The Outsider (2006) and The Less You Know, the Better (2011).[12] Exclaim!'s Daryl Keating said "he still has the chops to cut a good record when he's not doing a complete gear change and then turning down the wrong road at full speed."[15] Robert Christgau gave The Mountain Will Fall a three-star honorable mention in his column for Vice, deeming it DJ Shadow's best album since The Private Press (2002) but "a sound effects record by comparison, heavy on first-rate texture, rumble, and of course beats"; he named "Nobody Speak", "Mambo", and the title track as highlights.[16]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."The Mountain Will Fall"4:38
2."Nobody Speak" (featuring Run the Jewels)3:15
3."Three Ralphs"3:36
4."Bergschrund" (featuring Nils Frahm)4:10
5."The Sideshow" (featuring Ernie Fresh)3:28
6."Depth Charge"4:53
7."Mambo"3:03
8."Ashes to Oceans" (featuring Matthew Halsall)6:16
9."Pitter Patter" (featuring G Jones and Bleep Bloop)3:24
10."California"4:29
11."Ghost Town"3:51
12."Suicide Pact"4:36
Total length:49:37
iTunes bonus track[17]
No.TitleLength
13."Swerve"3:12
Total length:52:49

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 31
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 75
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 81
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 106
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 57
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 65
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[26] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 19
US Billboard 200[29] 77
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[30] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2016) Position
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[31] 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DJ Shadow Announces New Album The Mountain Will Fall Featuring Run the Jewels, Shares Title Track: Listen". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Mountain Will Fall by DJ Shadow reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for The Mountain Will Fall by DJ Shadow". Metacritic. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Mountain Will Fall – DJ Shadow". AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  5. ^ McCown, Alex (June 24, 2016). "DJ Shadow succeeds by again following his restless muse". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (June 24, 2016). "DJ Shadow album review: 'The Mountain Will Fall' revels in darkness". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (June 23, 2016). "DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall review – cut-and-paste turtablist's inventive return". The Guardian. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Gill, Andy (June 23, 2016). "Album reviews round-up: Let's Eat Grandma, DJ Shadow, Mumford & Sons, Public Service Broadcasting and more". The Independent. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Pattison, Louis (June 21, 2016). "DJ Shadow – 'The Mountain Will Fall' Review". NME. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  10. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan (June 25, 2016). "DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (August 2016). "Out of the Dark". Q (362): 111.
  12. ^ a b Josephs, Brian (June 24, 2016). "Review: Allow DJ Shadow to Re-Endtroduce Himself on 'The Mountain Will Fall'". Spin. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  13. ^ O'Connell, Sharon (August 2016). "DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall". Uncut (231): 83.
  14. ^ Workman, Adam (July 4, 2016). "Album review: DJ Shadow stitches together dense sonic beats in The Mountain Will Fall". The National. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  15. ^ Keating, Daryl (June 22, 2016). "DJ Shadow - This Mountain Will Fall". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  16. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 16, 2016). "Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, Clams Casino, and Growing Up Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  17. ^ "The Mountain Will Fall". iTunes. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
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  19. ^ "Austriancharts.at – DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  23. ^ "Lescharts.com – DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  24. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  25. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 26, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  26. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 4, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  28. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  29. ^ "DJ Shadow Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  30. ^ "DJ Shadow Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  31. ^ "Dance/Electronic Albums – Year-end 2016". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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