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The Mountain Goats


Album number sixteen from the lo-fi indie folk band led by John Darnielle was recorded without guitars

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  1. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A marvelous record that earns its place in the esteemed Mountain Goats canon while standing tall on its own merits
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  2. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Goths, like the Mountain Goats' music in general, is based on a deep understanding of what it feels to be out of step with the world, and of the sort-of communities built around that feeling
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    We experience the surreal life of the typical goth from the eyes of adults as they reconcile their former and current lives. And what’s brilliant about that, is how easily any ageing muso could relate to the web that unfolds within
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    It's a reminder that comfort and enjoyment come in a variety of shapes and, yes, shades
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  5. 9.0 |   Punk News

    Destined to be a standout release in a career that’s already full to brimming with triumphs
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  6. 8.0 |   State

    Choosing such a stylised subculture, which takes in a variety of cultural influences, allows John Darnielle to interrogate what it means to edit the personality you present to the world
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  7. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    A richly detailed collection of songs about the beautiful melancholy life of a goth, and the long journey between life in the dark and death in the light
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    After over 20 years of writing fine songs and making great records, John Darnielle and the Mountain Goats are actually getting better and more interesting, and Goths is a genuine triumph
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  9. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Darnielle spins resonating tales over his nasally tirade—which is as bold and unexpected as ever
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Spry, antic and engaging. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Expertly renders the acute emotions of adopting a new tribe and the resignation that life often forces. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Songwriting master makes a magnetic return
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  13. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Goths pits the virtue of perseverance against the pragmatism one eventually needs to adopt in order to survive, asking what makes for a greater artistic tragedy: giving up on a dream or hanging on to it too long?
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    A love letter to the snakebite-and-black brigade. Print edition only

  15. 7.9 |   Gig Soup

    Featuring a cross-section of intersectional persons at different points in life, 'Goths' looks beyond misunderstood, suburban "alt" kids to empathize with those who embody, have embodied, and will continue to embody a goth outlook
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  16. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    From a conceptual standpoint, Darnielle has achieved an exclusive analysis of the brooding would-be darkwaver, though the brilliance of the inside jokes could fall on deaf, pale ears here
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  17. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    More than on any other album, Darnielle and company are stretching past their indie-folk roots with Goths, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition with the album’s look back at what got them (or, at least, Darnielle and Hughes) to where they are now
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  18. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Goths is yet another example of what makes Darnielle’s literary voice so unique and such a joy to hear
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  19. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Fans of the band will absolutely love Goths though. How refreshing to know your favourite band are still rewriting their own rulebook after so many albums
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  20. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The brutal honesty and candor are present and much appreciated, one of the few characteristics that truly identifies a Mountain Goats record
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  21. 7.0 |   The 405

    If you're encountering The Mountain Goats for the first time, perhaps this isn't the ideal place to begin. Saying that, their musical map is so diverse in terrain as to make travelogues pretty meaningless
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  22. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Mostly the diehards will enjoy this unique flight of fancy from a set of familiar musicians
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  23. 6.4 |   Earbuddy

    The beloved indie-rock band's sixteenth album is a love letter to a lost scene
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  24. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A familiarly elegant exercise in tenderness and humour as capable of washing over you as it is catching you unawares with a subtle line
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  25. 6.0 |   The Music

    Goths' lacks the blazing intensity of The Mountain Goats' live shows and signposts the way to an increasingly mature, reflective direction
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