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Goat [Import]

Jesus Lizard Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Touch & Go
  • ASIN: B000025WRG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The Steve Albini-produced "Goat" is the second album by now disbanded Chicago schizo-blues lunatics, the Jesus Lizard. The band is probably best remembered for their 1992 album "Liar" which followed a split 7-inch with Nirvana ([Nirvana] "Oh! The Guilt/Puss" [Jesus Lizard]). Whilst "Liar" remains the record which most honestly replicates the band's fierce and hilarious live performances, Goat is an awesome spiritual blueprint that is oft quoted by fans as their favourite album. The Jesus Lizard sound is at its most sickly and threatening through the first track "Then comes Dudley"; Duane Denison's cheesewire guitar scraping over the thundering backbeat of Sims and McNally. The third track "Nub" is the band at perhaps its most psychotic and offers infamous frontman David Yow an unparalled musical opportunity to fully unleash his rare vocal gift. The album continues winds through sparse paranoic drunkeness ("I can't Swim") and music to pummel wildlife to ("Monkey Trick"). Along with Big Black's "Songs About Fucking", "Goat" is a truly frightening (and musically fantastic) record that would see the current crop of lank-haired, pseudo-scary, nu-metal muppets (Limp Bizkit, Slipknot et al.) screaming through masking tape for their pitiful little lives as a laughing clown watches the water rise above their bound arms. Get it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Scuzzy Masterpiece 2 Mar 2007
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The swirl of chaos that surrounded The Jesus Lizard made it somehow inevitable that they would never produce a classic album from start to finish, but 1990s's Goat' is their strongest collection of songs.

Getting on for 20 years later the record still sounds fresh. The opening five tracks are stunning: `Then Comes Dudley' is anchored by a deliriously elliptical bass-line and bursts of rousing guitar. `Mouthbreather' is a grunge classic; its blistering guitar riff could have made it the band's `Teen Spirit' in another world and time. `Monkey Trick' shows off Duane Denison's masterful blues-grunge guitar fusion to perfection, as well as David Yow's unique vocal stylings.

Towards the end of the album the quality drops a bit but this is still a very fine record from a truly mental, much-loved band.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars renewed & ready to singe fresh ears 13 Oct 2009
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First off, how does it sound?

The answer is, not remarkably different than the original -- but this was always a record with a lot of space. It was recorded by Steve Albini, and remastered by the same. Albini is definitely not known for applying gobs of compression or boosting levels willy-nilly as many remastering engineers of lesser conviction are wont to do. "Goat" maintains its sonic integrity in every way.

It DOES sound bigger, brighter and more present, but subtly so. It also sounds eminently true to its original self. The bonus tracks are nice, it's good to have them all in one place, and apparently the "Lash" triple 7"/CDEP is not going to get the remaster treatment so you'll have to piece it back together from the various remastered discs. Two of Lash's live tracks ("Lady Shoes" and "Monkey Trick") appear here, along with "Pop Song," which has always been one of my favorite non-album tracks. If you have "Lash" and "Bang," you're gonna have most of these songs already.

The liner notes are a big fold-out with some period photographs, poster art, lyrics (typically unsettling, I kind of preferred it when I didn't know what David Yow was saying!), and some hilarious song-by-song notes.

Now, on to the album proper:

"Goat" is a defining moment for the nineties underground. The Jesus Lizard made their mark as a live band, and their first album "Head" along with the "Pure" EP hinted at their power, but "Goat" is where studio recordings really served them properly. All their sounds are dialed in perfectly and the songs roll one after the other with brutal consistency. There is an agoraphobic spaciousness and a claustrophobic intensity, contradictory and mind-blowing, with Duane Denison's spidery, needlepoint guitar sitting out entirely for wide swaths of the music (pretty unheard of in "punk") before coming in like some sort of punchcard-driven soul machine. Denison is one of my favorite guitarists due to this amazing restraint, his easy precision and almost jazzy phrasing. If comparisons must be made, he bears some tonal likeness to pre-Wilco Nels Cline.

The rhythm section of David Wm. Sims and Mac McNeilly is Denison's perfect foil, pummeling and pointillistic, supremely heavy but still swinging. McNeilly deserves much more notice than he usually gets -- he's as versatile a drummer as Vinnie Signorelli (Swans, Unsane) and stamps each song with a unique and galvanic rhythmic signature. Sims roots the whole affair with the sort of propulsive basslines that pull it all to the ground yet keep it moving -- brilliantly simple. "Goat" was where this combo hit its stride (I think Denison says this pretty much verbatim in the liner notes), capturing the sound and energy of their live shows so truthfully you can almost close your eyes and be washed away by the sweaty crowds of moshers.

The songs:

"Goat" has the perfect A-side, a 5-song run that slow-boils at first with the loping "Then Comes Dudley," featuring a beautifully precise splattering of guitar notes, before "Mouth Breather" and "Nub" follow in quick succession -- each of them more than capable of being the album's single (actually I think "Mouth Breather" WAS the album's single), and in a wiser time they would have carried the college airwaves from coast to coast. "Seasick" stutters to a start before completely immolating all nearby listeners with its strangled and paranoid tale of "an ocean, a single idea." This song was one of my favorite openers when seeing the band live -- it would completely consume the venue and people would go ape! "Goat's" first half wraps up with "Monkey Trick," a song Yow describes as the most perfect song written about anything, ever. Though he's being typically mock-obtuse, he's really not that far off -- "Monkey Trick" is a fantastically paced, guitar-burned rhythm piece with a devastating cathartic payload.

Side B is a little less immediate, but only a little. These songs (with the exception of "Lady Shoes" -- definitely the most lyrically perverse) were performed live with far less frequency, but they're still great. The band clearly laid it all on the table when recording "Goat," there is no respite from the excoriating music or the flayed vocal cords, grunts, and tortured amazing sounds coming from David Yow's throat. Mike Patton was obviously paying attention to this record.

All in all, "Goat" is a classic in every sense of the word, from Denison's amazing, articulate blues- and jazz-informed guitars (he makes the term "angular" seem entirely spurious) to Yow's completely unhinged vocal delivery. The stark contrast of order vs. chaos, the unconventional-yet-unforgettable song structures, and the sheer visceral connection "Goat" makes with your gut reveals far more than arty/punky/proto-industrial/noise rock/whatever... it's just indisputably great. You need this. It's good to see this back on record store shelves, renewed and ready to singe fresh ears.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 7 Jun 2005
By D. K. Malone - Published on Amazon.com
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Jesus Lizard is one of those bands that has an absolutely distinctive sound. Once you're familiar with them, you can hear a Jesus Lizard song that you've never heard before in your life and still know instantly that it's them. The Ramones and AC/DC are two other examples of this phenomenon. However, every band has that one "best" album, and Goat is Jesus Lizard's. All of the songs are very strong, but pay extra close attention to the album's one-two knockout punch of Mouth Breather and Nub. To this day I believe those are the two best songs the band ever wrote. If you've heard of Jesus Lizard but never actually heard them and are curious, I say this is the album to buy. If you like it, you'll probably like Head/Pure, Liar, and Down. Those are my four favorites and the only ones I really recommend. I believe it was after recording Down that drummer Mac McNeily left the band and they stopped using Albini as their producer. They were just never the same from then on. I'm not anti-change, per se. But to my ears, there was an undeniable decline.

I used to think that Jesus Lizard was 100% original and unique. Then I heard The Birthday Party. I felt exactly the same way I did when I finally found out that there was no Santa Claus, or that Fugazi is actually just a big rip off of Gang of Four. But I got over it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolest Band Ever 7 Nov 2005
By Jodie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let's get one thing straight, I never put a review down for anyone.

But this is how much I love this band, I had almost lost my faith in rock n' roll until one day I picked up this album on a whim.

My God, my mind was officially blown, this is what rock is meant to sound like, why, I ask did these guys not have a major career in the 90's ie. Nirvana.

Like all good albums there's not one or two good songs, the whole thing is top notch.

David Yow spitting his lyrics into the mic, big fat bass riffs, what can I say they're the band you're big brother should have got you into(like Iggy), you know secretly sliding that album onto you're pillow while you're at school. (sadly that didn't happen for me).

But at least I found this album, sorry this band, do anything, buy anything, well almost anything. I highly recommend Goat, Head/Pure, Show, Liar, Down, and Shot if you really like them.

Coolest band ever.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get me wrong, he's a nice guy... 2 July 2001
By Matt W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's impossible to pick my favorite Jesus Lizard album from their Touch and Go/Steve Albini days because they all are equally important.
"Goat" is a paranoid descent into their world, and I love it to death. Duane Denison does some of his most beautiful guitar work on this album with "Then Comes Dudley" "Monkey Trick" "Karpis" "South Mouth" "Rodeo in Joliet" and especially the slide playing on "Nub".
If I had to pick my desert island top 5, they would be my top Jesus Lizard albums because I never get tired of listening and rocking out to them.
There are very few bands within the past 10-15 years that have had as much importance to me as The Jesus Lizard. They were a band that played with real soul, and I miss them.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncorrupted files from the late 80s/early 90s 18 Jun 2005
By A. Chiseler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Things were getting really weird and really interesting back then. And then suddenly, it all passed through the colon of the marketing department and it was christened "Grunge." Which sort of *looked* like the interesting stuff, but it sounded like Foghat. So, kids: burn your Pearl Jam records and go get this one. Imagine Zeppelin de-tuned and chewing the flesh of naked hippy children like Goya's Saturn. But Bonzo has studied the time signatures of Romanian wedding music, and Robert Plant is a wild-eyed Texas coprophage. Like the man says, I love the eighties!
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