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The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
Released: 08/10/2012 Tomlab20 years in, a new Mountain Goats record is going to be more about refinement than reinvention. John Darnielle (variously mentioned on ‘best lyricist in indie rock’ lists) follows last year’s All Eternals Deck with a record themed around a group of outcasts. That bodes well; he’s often at his best when writing to a concept, as with the group's 2002 classic Tallahassee. For more information visit: http://www.tomlab.de/front/index.php?action=release_detail&release_action=tracks&rele… Buy: http://themountaingoats.kungfustore.com/products/3869-transcendental-youth-tmg33
Dusted Magazine“Isn’t close to the highest of Darnielle’s own standards...” Ultimately the album adds another respectable line to The Mountain Goats’ discography. What it doesn’t do, however, is explain why many listeners once justifiably did — let alone might yet still — take The Mountain Goats to heart...
NME“The kind of stuff Darnielle's whole career has been built on...” They're transformed into poppy little treasures full of brass, piano and life by best bud and previous collaborator Owen Pallett. Slightly predictable, but the work of master craftsmen...
The Line of Best Fit“It is glorious...” On album number 14, John Darnielle leaves the wheel in the state it was when he invented it 20 odd years ago. But Transcendental Youth is as nuanced, as poetic and as brilliant as anything we’ve ever heard from him...
The Quietus“A stumble and wait for the Mountain Goats release next year....” It's prime headphone bait, where Darnielle's voice and lyrics get the scrutiny they deserve. 'The Diaz Brothers,' though, deserves to become an audience favorite: a galloping rocker set to piano about a pair of criminal lowlifes...
Drowned In Sound“Indie Rock's Greatest Lyricist...” Darnielle sings with the urgency of a busker who has to be heard to be paid, but his songs are worth a hundred stadium-anthems because they never lose sight of who they’re for...
Pitchfork“Radical Empathy...” Equal grains of humanity and empathy in people crouched in the darkest corners and blinded by the brightest spotlights. It's not spirituality, escapism, or even optimism, exactly, that he's espousing-- all you know is it's some kind of light...
allmusic“Melodically wistful...” A spirited, and in this case fearless, exploration of the dark corners of life's often tragic twists and turns. Darnielle battles some serious demons here in a way more self-observant than self-conscious...
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