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We Shall All Be Healed CD

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"When Darnielle put most of these songs to tape in 1999, even to his fans he seemed like someone who’d end up a committed but obscure lifer on the indie cassette circuit; it was hard to imagine there’d ever be a wide audience for the kind of eccentric, homespun music he was making. But remember: people underestimated Jeff and Cyrus, too." — Pitchfork, Best New ... Read more in Amazon's Mountain Goats Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B0000U98KI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David d on 28 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
These are my impressions of the album: refreshing, relaxing, well produced. The album is a lot more finely produced than anything before Tallashasse but though this sound is different, it's a very nice album. I wasn't sure what to make of it first but this is certainly not a regression, the lyrics are catchy and memorable, the acoustic is as nice as ever and John's voice is piercing in a very pleaseant way. I wouldn't call it amazing though, and some of the songs are slighty more generic imo, not in a glaring way but perhaps slighly more mainstream. This isnt negative, I like the way their sound is progressing. It's an album you could put on repeat for hours and still be captivated.
Keep up the good work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
It probably goes without saying that I am a huge fan!

The Mountain Goats are a popular and hard working live band. But their recordings can vary dramatically in style and quality. Musically it does not get much simpler, a guitar and nasal singing voice, for the most part.

But this is a cracking selection of songs. Imagine coming home slightly drunk and hearing the best busker you ever heard in your life.

My favourite song here is Palmcorder Yajna, but there are a lot of songs on the album that I cannot imagine being without. Overall the album feels energetic and optimistic, even with its dark themes. If you like this, then I would particularly recommend All Hail West Texas, though the Mountain Goats music offers an array of riches.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
best album of 2004 26 Feb 2004
By "jeffffffff" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In addition to having the most idiosyncratic song titles ever to grace the back of a CD jacket, We Shall all be Healed is John Darnielle's best song writing yet. Look for 15-20 lines on this CD to kill you again and again. The music is a little less eclectic than on Tallahassee, their last studio album, but it's also more cohesive, sticking mostly with John's acoustic guitar, Peter Hughes on bass, and Franklin Bruno on piano. That is until Mole, a song so sparse it can't help breaking your heart. It opens with a few verses about the narrator visiting someone in the hospital (all the character's in these stories seem to be speed addicts with vague hopes and dreams that set them apart from each other while their situations bind them firmly together). The song then breaks into a piano and guitar bit that moves along slowly but surely, like clouds marching determined across the sky. I can only describe John's strumming here as fatalistic -- I can only assure you that this will make sense once you hear it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
the best Mnt Goats record so far and that's saying something 6 Feb 2004
By Kirk J. Faulkner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
John Darnielle has been quoted as saying that this record is by far his best work ever and I am inclined to agree. And that means something coming from a guy who owns every record this one-man virtuoso has put out. Like his last album Tallahassee, We Shall All Be Healed is a concept album. Each song is written for and about a group of tweakers from Claremont CA. As unromantic a subject as that is, John turns their plight into an epic. He turns their struggles into poetry. He gives words to desires that most people will (hopefully) never know. The first single, "Palmcorder Yajna" is an instant favorite. It is a straightforward Mnt. Goats song with everything you have come to love: Simple strumming, intense nasal singing and beautiful imagery of the profane. The thing that sets it apart is the amazing tone that Darnielle captures. I can only describe it as the hope of the hopeless. "Your Belgian things" is a slower and heartbreakingly beautiful lament while "Linda Blair Was Born Innocent" is a dark and powerful ode to the burning desire to get spun. John Darnielle teamed with other one-man wonder band John Vanderslice in the production of this album and it works. It maintains the connections to John's Low Fi beginnings while giving him an atmosphere in which he is able to make music that is not only lyrically charged but aesthetically beautiful as well. I can't recommend this album strongly enough.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Songwriter's Dream 16 Aug 2005
By Gabriel M. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The debate that I've heard often about this album is whether the slick production values take away from the Mountain Goats feel. If you're unfamiliar with John Darnielle's previous albums, one of the big draws was that he recorded directly to a boom box. I don't believe that this retro recording style was what really made his work great. The man is simply a great songwriter, in the vain of such great Americana-ists as Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. To that end, "We Shall All Be Healed" definitely stands tall and proud with his other works. A few legends surround the method by which Darnielle develops the stories for his albums. However he does it, the albums come together as cohesive observations of different walks of life across the country, and this album is no exception. The story here is occassionally unclear to me, as it sometimes seems to switch narrators, but the songs are beautiful and emotional. By the end of it, you'll care deeply for these charaters, thanks to both the lyrical precision and the haunting melodies.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The smoothness doesn't make it less edgy 25 July 2004
By James Maxey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've loved the Mountain Goats ever since Atom and His Package covered three songs. The songs were so honest and funny I had to seek out their source. The first Mountain Goats album I laid hands on was Full Force Galesburg, and it was a shock. Atom and His Package was electronic and frantic. The Mountain Goats was almost exclusively one man with an accoustic guitar performing songs that were still honest and funny, but also haunting and raw. His songs were recorded on poor equipment--you could actually hear the drone of the tape recorder's motor in the quieter moments of the album. The lack of polish and pretention gave the songs greater emotional impact for me, and I became an instant fan, buying up every MG recording I could find.

My first reaction to "We Shall All Be Healed" was mostly negative. The songs are professionally produced and expertly engineered. The guitar is accompanied by organs and piano and synth effects like glass breaking and insects chirping. It almost sounded like a different band.

Fortunately, I stuck with it and now I'm hooked. The cleaner, more professional sound actually makes for a terrific backdrop for the lyrics, which are still as powerful as ever. The ugliness of addiction, death, and betrayal found in the lyrics float on the beautiful music that makes the truths in the words harsher and starker. It took a little while to grow on me, but I now think this is the best MG album yet. I'm using songs from this album to spread the Mountain Goats gospel. Check it out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Something Wonderful 21 Feb 2011
By Ryan Hunt - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If I die today, I'd be pretty pissed that I never wrote my priase for John Darnielle and his Mountain Goats. This is right up there with being pissed that I never drove an Italian sportscar off a bridge and parachuted out to a grand applause and fireworks, so it's a big statement.

I'm not even sure where to begin and how to even start to summarize how good of a songwriter this man is. His extensive catalog is made up of countless lo-fi boom box recordings up to his superb collection of studio efforts. And while some people lean more towards one way than the other, the fact remains that it's all just brilliant songwriting. As a "songwriter" myself, I listen to this man's music and it just makes me want to give up. He paints such chaotic, beautiful, humorous, twisted scenes on whatever he is recording, whether it's a bedroom tape or a studio outing- one thing never changes- the pure songwriting of it all.

All that said, this album itself is just another of the many, many gems in the John Darnielle box. This is a "studio" Mountain Goats outing, and while I love his lo-fi intimate adventures, I really enjoy his studio releases- his great musicianship coming to it's fullest life in my opinion.

Anyway, to the album at hand. If you wiki it, you'll find something like "the album focuses on semi-fictional accounts of band leader John Darnielle's years as a teenager, particularly his friends' and acquaintances' experiences in California and in Portland, Oregon as methamphetamine addicts." So take that thought, word it with an extraordinarly imaginative tongue, and put it to some energetic strummings, some driving, catchy melodies, some pianos and a soft touch of haunting beauty, all song perfectly in John's quirky, addiciting tones and that might give you an idea.

Just plain wonderful.

And oh, you should get all his other stuff too.
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