...And the Hazy Sea

Why There Are Mountains
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 20, 2009
GenreIndie rock
LabelSelf-released (original issue)
Sister's Den Records
Memphis Industries
ProducerKyle "Slick" Johnson
Cymbals Eat Guitars chronology
Why There Are Mountains
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Why There Are Mountains is an independently released studio album by the indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars. The album was initially self-released, then re-released after the band signed to Sister's Den Records in late 2009. The LP version of the album is currently only available via Insound.[1]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Joseph D'Agostino.

1."...And the Hazy Sea"6:13
2."Some Trees (Merritt Moon)"2:27
4."Cold Spring"5:48
6."What Dogs See"4:15
7."Wind Phoenix (Proper Name)"5:16
8."Living North"2:31
9."Like Blood Does"7:33


The following people contributed to Why There Are Mountains[2]

Cymbals Eat Guitars[]

Recording personnel[]

Additional personnel[]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars link
The A.V. Club(B+) link
MusicOMH3.5/5 stars link
NME4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media(8.3/10) link
sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars link

Why There Are Mountains received mostly positive reviews from critics. The album currently has a 78 out of 100 rating on the review aggregate site Metacritic, which indicates "generally favorable reviews."[3]

Ian Cohen of Pitchfork Media gave the album an 8.3/10, writing "Why There Are Mountains ends up being like any great result of wanderlust—here, the journey is the end not the means; fortunately, that gives Why There Are Mountains astounding replay value." The album also received a "Best New Music" designation in the review.[4]

The album has appeared on a few end-of-year albums lists. Pitchfork Media named Why There Are Mountains the 43rd best album of 2009.[5] It was also named the number one album of the year on The Daily Cardinal's list of the Top 15 Albums of 2009.[6]


  1. ^ "Cymbals Eat Guitars eksklusivt på vinyl hos Insound!".
  2. ^ Why There Are Mountains - Cymbals Eat Guitars. Allmusic. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ Why There Are Mountains Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  4. ^ Cohen, Ian (16 March 2009). "Cymbals Eat Guitars: Why There Are Mountains". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  5. ^ Pitchfork Staff (17 December 2009). "The Top 50 Albums of 2009". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  6. ^ Sparks, Kyle (15 December 2009). "#1 - Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains". The Daily Cardinal. Retrieved 16 December 2009.

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