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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance, as expected
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...
Published on 22 Aug 2006 by Mike Mantin

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little dull
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...
Published on 7 July 2007 by Dr. Dinosaur


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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance, as expected, 22 Aug 2006
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This review is from: Get Lonely (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. And the title track is simply unbearable, its chorus of "I will get lonely and gasp for air/And send your name up from my lips like a signal flare" guarenteed to send shivers down the spine of everyone who hears it.

Being a folk album, you shouldn't expect too much musical experimentation, as most tracks appropriately consist of Darnielle alone with his guitar. But on some, less violently emotional tracks, The Mountain Goats are making a few sonic steps. 'If You See Light''s brass, coupled with Darnielle's nasal voice and the song's strange lyrics, resemble Neutral Milk Hotel, and 'New Monster Avenue' makes more good use of the Goat's only recently-used full-band setup. And Darnielle is as gifted at writing great tunes as he is lyrics, and with a few mid-album exceptions, you may find yourself humming any of these.

'Get Lonely' is a perfect antidote to the current wave of hideously saccharine singer-songwriters - behind the serene, pleasant music lies twelve anti-'You're Beautiful's - overtly sad but subtle and with that slight air of hope that Elliott Smith mastered. The last place this album belongs is by a coffee table. It's a testament to the true brilliance of The Mountain Goats to say that this achingly beautiful album isn't their best- for me, that honour belongs to 2002's incredible concept album 'Tallahassee'- but continues a good streak that has lasted for dozens of albums and EPs. Immerse yourself in this album, just make sure your life's relatively stable before you do so.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dull, 7 July 2007
This review is from: Get Lonely (Audio CD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 28 Sep 2006
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This review is from: Get Lonely (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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great, 25 Aug 2006
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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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