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Oh, they spoil us!,
This review is from: The Sunset Tree (Audio CD)
Eleven albums in, John Darnielle and his fellow Goats just continue to get better. Produced by indie underground icon John Vanderslice, The Sunset Tree is the Mountain Goats' most personal, most poppy at times, most beautiful and most affecting recording since their inception.
The music however, takes equal precedent with the lyrics this time, with the content mainly centered around stories of Darnielle's abusive step father, and his upbringing. But it doesn't bog down the music at all, and the each song has the same clear infectious presentation and addictiveness that's been present since 2002's 'Tallahassee'. There is much more instrumentation this time around too; gone are the days of one acoustic guitar and one voice, which this time touches shoulders with cellos and pianos. Also, Peter Hughes' fearsome bass work really comes forward in 'Broom People', one of many highlights.
All in all, the Mountain Goats don't know how to make bad records, and this could be their best. Another gem for fans, another great starter for the uninitiated. Job well done lads, again.