"Rats, rats, we're the rats, we prey at night, we stalk at night, we're the rats. I'm the giant rat that makes all of the rules; let's see what kind of trouble we can get ourselves into…"
Favorite track: Rat Queen.
Just a goddamn brilliant record. It does everything that the modern Mountain Goats do so well: it's weird, it's varied, it's funny, it's heart-wrenching, it's extremely real and very human. And these guys have become such great musicians, the songs are so interesting and complex - and production has really been kicked up a notch. I love every track on this album, and I love this band so much. Let this be the year where we all get really, weirdly into knives, and get back what was taken from us.
Favorite track: Getting Into Knives.
My first non metal purchase in years, of course it is The Mountain Goats. Why yes, it is a cassette purchase, I am consistent after all. I've also played the single about 20 times in one journey, so it's got that going for it.
Favorite track: As Many Candles As Possible.
Somehow John Darnielle and company continue to perfectly toe the line between aching melancholy and energetic ebullience. Darnielle has always had a knack for that, but the band’s rising levels of effort on the musicianship side are more apparent now than ever, and sonically this album stirs something in me just as much as it does lyrically. It’s the kinda stuff that inspires me as a song writer and drives me to do better and push my limits. Well done, gentlemen
Favorite track: Pez Dorado.
Sam Phillips Recording, Memphis, Tennessee March 1–6, 2020
John Darnielle: vocals, guitars, piano
Peter Hughes: electric and upright bass
Matt Douglas: keyboards, woodwinds, guitars, accordion, backing vocals
Jon Wurster: drums and percussion
JOINED FOR THE OCCASION BY
Bram Gielen: piano, guitars, keyboards
Chris Boerner: guitars
Charles Hodges: Hammond B-3
Sam Shoup: Mellotron
Tom Clary: horns
Reba Russell: backing vocals
Susan Marshall: backing vocals
Matt Ross-Spang, the man himself, the dude with the heater in the basement, the fellow you know from the back room, the man who will not personally sell you any knives but can direct you to a guy who has at least three, two of them quite exotic
Matt Ross-Spang, I just told you about him, he can see the holograms in the hidden hallways, he can spot the stars in the scatter-shot, he’s got the eye
Matt Ross-Spang, you may recognize his name, if at this point you don’t perhaps cut back a little on the paint thinner, he’s a man you don’t meet every day
Wesley Graham, known to many as Mister Wesley and rightly so, invaluable with the mic locker, inimitable on the placement, indispensable in the clutch
WITH, IN THE ROLE OF STUDIO ATTACHÉ, NONE OTHER THAN
Matt Denham, the guy who gets it done, on the scene with a laser beam
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS ARE SHORED UP, REINFORCED, AND MADE ROAD-READY BY
Ryan Matteson, the hidden hand, the presence in the shadows, the voice in the darkness, the power from beyond space, the Man from Madison, without whom we would have all gotten stuck at the NC-TN border trying to locate Memphis
KNIVES PROVIDED BY
Knives International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Knives Worldwide
If I told you all how much fun we had making this one you wouldn’t even believe me but we hope it comes through
Dedicated to the secret priests of the Bell Swamp, those oracles of Brunswick County, wizards of Winnabow, night lords of the thousand acres: whose domain yet grows, may its borders encompass the sky and all beyond
Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, North Carolina
John Darnielle has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends,
hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail because he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life. —John Hodgman, 2012...more
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This is one of the best follow up albums I've ever heard. Close enough to the debut that it's distinctly Pheobe, but definitely different enough to show she's growing. Fav song is I Know The End, the lyrics are just amazing.
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I love the back and forth between the candidates, especially hearing all of Hiram McDaniel's five heads, the Faceless Old Woman was wonderful, Kevin's surprise appearance was amazing and his eerily happy voice created a visual of a creepy smiling man. meowsaysthekat