on 13 March 2001
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.
on 2 March 2007
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.