In the Future
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 21, 2008
GenrePsychedelic rock, progressive rock, space rock
ProducerBlack Mountain
Black Mountain chronology
Black Mountain
In the Future
Wilderness Heart
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Crawdaddy!(favorable) link
Drowned in Sound9/10 stars link
musicOMH.com4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars [1]
Stereogum(not rated) 12/14/07
The Skinny5/5 stars link
Q4/5 stars Feb 08
Obscure Sound(not rated) 11/28/07
Pitchfork Media7.4/10 link rated) link

In the Future is the second album by Black Mountain, which was released January 21, 2008. It follows their eponymous debut album which was released in 2005. A "limited edition" of the album was released on the same day with 3 bonus tracks on a second disc. It debuted on the UK Album Chart at #72.

The album art was designed by keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt, who was influenced by Storm Thorgerson's work.[2]

The album was a nominee for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.[3]

Franz Nicolay, of The Hold Steady, listed the album as one of his favourite releases in 2008.[4]

Track listing

All songs written by Stephen McBean, except where noted.

  1. "Stormy High" - 4:32
  2. "Angels" - 3:07
  3. "Tyrants" - 8:00
  4. "Wucan" - 6:01
  5. "Stay Free" - 4:29
  6. "Queens Will Play" - 5:15
  7. "Evil Ways" - 3:25
  8. "Wild Wind" - 1:42
  9. "Bright Lights" - 16:37
  10. "Night Walks" (Amber Webber) - 3:55

Disc 2 (Limited Edition version only)

  1. "Bastards of Light" - 5:09
  2. "Thirteen Walls" - 7:06
  3. "Black Cat" - 2:51

Usage in other media

"Stay Free" was used in both the second season of Showtime's Californication on the episode "Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills", and the film Spider-Man 3 (it was included on the soundtrack album, which was released on May 1, 2007, eight months before the release of "In The Future").
"Stormy High" was used in the 2012 videogame Spec Ops: The Line.


  1. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Civiero, Cody (2008). Black Mountain refuse to define their future. The Gateway. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  3. ^ Polaris Music Prize
  4. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Interview: Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady)". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2012-02-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)