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  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000GH3CNE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 22 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I sometimes feel quite intrusive when I listen to The Mountain Goats, like I've walked in on a stranger bearing his soul. Chief Mountain Goat John Darnielle's early recordings, characterised by their no-fi recording using just a boombox, were impenetrable yet moving, but for the more recent work in recording studios, Darnielle has set no emotional limit. Thus, for last year's superb 'The Sunset Tree', he told harrowing tales about his abusive stepfather. But 'Get Lonely' is one step above still. Surely one of the loneliest albums ever recorded, it should come with a health warning: listening to it, alone, through headphones, may cause outbursts of uncontrollable crying in even the most stable listeners. Such is the power of these songs.

We are frequently bombarded with much-lusted-after pop stars claiming they're lonely, that their lovers have left them or they're sorry for lying. Bollocks. They can shag anyone at the click of their fingers. This is the real deal. Even if, like in a lot of his work, Darnielle is not singing about himself, his songwriting is truly affecting, focusing on the little things that make it just that little bit harder to cope. Like "the first time I made coffee for just myself" in 'Woke Up New, "I made too much of it, but I drank it all, just 'cos you hate it when I let things go to waste". 'Half Dead''s whimsical strums are juxtaposed with Darnielle's fine portrait of a day alone: the rain, the household chores and the constant thoughts are perfectly conveyed in his lyrics, even if the tune is the least inspiring here.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dinosaur on 7 July 2007
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The Mountain Goats are a brilliant band but this is not their best work. Never before has one of their albums sounded so monotonous. Darnielle's vocals seem at a constant high whisper, unlike his usual tones which vary greatly from boyish banter to a sweet croon.
"Get Lonely" is not without merit but is poor compared to earlier releases. The best tracks are the lively "If You See Light", the dark "Maybe Sprout Wings" and the title track. There are other moments of greatness but overall this is just not up to their usual standards. Please ignore the reviewer (why is there always one?) who can't spell and has given five stars and proclaimed it as their greatest work despite only owning this album.

Fans, you can buy anyway and enjoy what there is to enjoy here, but newcomers would do better to sample The Sunset Tree or All Hail West Texas instead.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tray on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
if u are familiar with the mountain goats u will know that in a time of commercial unsubstaintial popular music these guys are a shining light through the clouds. they sing about real issues (without clishe) which the band have essentially all experianced eg squalor, drug addiction, u know the stuff. this was their first album i bought and was suprised by the sheer depth of the band. as of the sound of this record its kinda folky acousticy so if your not into that kind of thing i'd advise you 2 go for one of their other albums, but if you are this has got to be a must have for your collection
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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Micmat on 25 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I picked this up recently after hearing good things about them but i have to say that doesnt hit the mark at all. The songs are quite twee, a little like Belle & Sebastian, and overall quality of the record is very disapointing.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Save it for Spring 6 Nov. 2006
By Deborah Bancroft - Published on
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Certainly everyone should buy this CD now -- I mean, keep the cash flow flowing -- but if you actally have had a bad breakup or, God forbid, have just lost someone you love, do not listen to it now. If you do, you will sob and sob and sob. Then "Get Lonely" itself will come on and you will sob some more. Then you will try to listen to this two years from now and you won't be able to, which will be a shame because it is really good.

And if you have seasonal depression (which is no damn joke, haters) save this one for April. I gave this the prerequisite MG "three or four times through to get the gist" and then set it aside. Oy vey already with the soft tendrils of sorrow enfolding and entwining...

The point being that I don't know how John Darnielle gets into the corner of the collective unconscious where words waiting to be written are stored, but he does. And then he seems to throw them down like pick-up sticks, each line finding its own perfect shape and place. And then you're pulled over on the side of the road hitting "repeat" again and again because that song is *your* theme song, *your* heartbreak, *your* family, *your* drunken mistake. And if having a heartbreak song like the ones on Get Lonely might *lead* to a drunken mistake... well. That's all I'm saying.

I also found myself thinking a lot about melody listening to this CD. As a reasonable singer and really terrible guitarist, I frequently regale myself with the MG songbook acapella and sometimes find myself thinking "Huh. That song actually has only four notes." Separating tunes (mainly earlier ones) from their yummy arrangements leaves them a bit nekkid. Listening back over these later CDs, and Get Lonely especially, the melodies do not depend so much on just that one arrangement, but stand by themselves and invite other interpretations. (And hast thou been to a vocal coach, John? Upper register sounding really nice!)

OK, there you go: good CD, mellow and sad, do not listen if you actually are lonely. I give this CD only four stars because you gotta have somewhere to go when the Canadians take the ice.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
And it sounds kinda like this... 22 Aug. 2006
By David Skalicky - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tallahassee. We Shall All Be Healed. The Sunset Tree. Fresh off his "proper" trilogy with producer John Vanderslice, Darnielle decides to "Get Lonely" (Costello. "Get Happy!!!", Anyone? Anyone?). So, what does it sound like? plays in the same vein of "Sunset Tree". If you were hoping for a return to form, best to look elsewhere--but that may be a half-truth. While the album certainly is polished and layed, it' quiet and intimate too. In that sense, it is much more like Darnielle's earlier work, rather than his studio stuff. It's been a while since we've just had John and his guitar strumming along. But it happens more often than not on this outing. The lyrics are just as sharp as ever, but there's nothing really on here that will hold a candle up to Darnielle's best work--but come on, who am I kidding? It's the MOUNTAIN GOATS, it's ALL good. There is no possible way to hate this album, it's smart, sad, and catchy. What else could you possibly want to mope to? Standouts, there are: "Half Dead," "Get Lonely," and (The Not Really New) "Woke Up New". If you're new to THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, it's best to start with Tallahassee--and then maybe cheack out some of Darnielle's earlier work and work your way here. But if you're a seasoned fan...Why are you even reading this, just buy the damned thing and be done with it, you fool!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a quiet masterpiece 7 July 2007
By Martin G. Walker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
From the opening notes of the quiet piano, this album grips and doesn't let go. The arrangements are quiet. The lyrics are quiet. The passion is quiet. The sadness is quiet. But quiet because it doesn't need to be loud. Quiet because the effort of loudness would erode some of its power. I feel the need to play this album every two or three days. When I'm feeling in need of a musical treat I cue it up.

The lyrics are beautiful. Honest, interesting, straightforward, sad. And they are delivered with a mature finesse that is completely satisfying.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful at times, but ultimately disappointing 24 Nov. 2006
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Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Mountain Goats fan, seeking out even their rarest material. I saw them live here in Durham last month and eagerly rushed out to get this album. I've listened to it a dozen times or more, expecting it to grow on me, but, alas, I hope this album doesn't represent any sort of future trend for John. There are some beautiful songs here; "Get Lonely," "Wild Sage," and "In the Hidden Places" are masterful works that would stand out on any other album. Unfortunately, these songs have a difficult time standing out because the whole album follows the same slow paced, moody, string-heavy formula. I have a hard time telling one song from another. John has certainly explored sorrow and lonliness to great effect before, but on albums like "the Coroner's Gambit" the sadness and lonliness is balanced with hope and anger and irony. Here, it's just one soft, slow downer after another. Worth the money if you are a Mountain Goat's junky like myself, but nowhere near his best work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Just as good as Tallahassee and Sunset Tree! 9 Sept. 2006
By Mark Abrahamsen - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Before I start, I am a seasoned Mountain Goats fan, and his early lo-fi records are some of my favorite records. But, just because it sounds different than his previous records doesn't mean it's not as good. Personally, I think this is every bit as good as Tallhassee and Sunset Tree. But, If a Mountain Goats record has to be lo-fi, aggressive, bitter or sarcastic to be a classic, than of couse you won't be satisfied with this. You have to take into consideration that this is a calm, peaceful, intimate record. Not everybody is going enjoy it as much as his previous work, you have to have the right mindset before you judge it. Like others have said, If you're a new fan, first buy Tallahassee or Sunset Tree. In my opinion, Get Lonely is a classic record in it's own right.
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