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Goats On Top,
This review is from: Transcendental Youth (Audio CD)
'Transcendental Youth' is The Mountain Goats' fourteenth album in
eighteen years since their 1994 debut 'Zopilote Machine' and on the
evidence available here they're in no danger of running out of steam
anytime soon. Front man John Darnielle sure enough knows how to craft
a good tune and there are a round dozen new ones in this collection.
From the staccato rattle and crash of splendid opening number 'Amy
aka Spent Gladiator 2'; through the clipped observational lyrics and
melancholy melody of 'Lakeside View Apartments Suite'; 'Cry For Judas'
with its rich brass decorations and deliciously shuffling rhythm; to
the bristling urgency of 'Night Light' and the tender but uplifting
final track 'Transcendental Youth', Mr Darnielle steers his ship
through richly imaginatively musical territory with a steady hand and
his distinctive and beguiling nasal tremolo as intact as it ever was.
With so many good songs on offer its terribly hard to pick a winner but
(for now) my money's on the upbeat 'The Diaz Brothers', as tight and
energetic an invention as any of the best in this fine band's repertoire.
The Mountain Goats are still at the top of their game. Long may they prosper!
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2012 06:29:33 BDT
Red on Black says:
I reviewed "the life of the world" way back and loved it although it is the "Sunset tree" that forever stole my heart. Huge thanks for bringing this to my attention. Cheers Rob
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2012 11:12:49 BDT
Colin Harte says:
Great Review,have ordered the Vinyl just now,cant wait to hear it.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2012 11:36:27 BDT
The Wolf says:
Thanks for your kind comment.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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