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fnord The Mountain Goats (well, John Darnielle) recorded one song I truly love: Golden Boy. I picked up an early Goats album & while it was good it didn't really move me. This album, however, is probably the best thing the band has yet done. The music is sophisticated-- a confluence of jazz and folk, more than goth, but the influence of early goth music is there, as is a subtle humor. I am really impressed by this and I've been listening to it a lot.
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Mike Swag no greater love than to lay my life down for a friend / no sweeter pleasure than to see the credits clear through to the end Favorite track: Rain in Soho.
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Luke Berrie Gorgeous record about a moment in time that came and left, but still had an impact on the world today. The Mountain Goats best album in years. Favorite track: Abandoned Flesh.
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Wear Black 04:10
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Shelved 04:01
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released May 19, 2017

produced by Brandon Eggleston
mixed by Scott Solter

all songs words & music by John Darnielle except “Shelved,” words by John Darnielle and Peter Hughes, music by John Darnielle
© 2017 Cadmean Dawn (ASCAP) administered worldwide by Pacific Electric Music Publishing

vocal arrangement for “Rain in Soho” by Dan Perry, performed by members of the Nashville Symphony Chorus: Anna Flautt, Eric Wiuff, Jill Boehme, Eric Boehme, Mark Filosa, Jordan Williams, Daniel Gordon, Alesia Kelley, Amanda Dier, Maiken Knudsen, Stuart Garber, Theodore Weckbacher

vocal arrangement for “We Do It Different on the West Coast” and “Wear Black” by Robert Bailey, performed by Robert Bailey, Everett Drake, Jason Eskridge, and Michael Mishaw

all woodwinds arranged by Matt Douglas

recorded at Blackbird, Nashville, Tennessee — thanks to Sean Badum for tireless assistance and to everyone at Blackbird for making these goth visions real

John Darnielle: vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes
Peter Hughes: bass, vocals
Matt Douglas: woodwinds, vocals, additional keys
Jon Wurster: drums and percussion

illustrations by Leela Corman
design by Rob Carmichael, SEEN

the Mountain Goats graciously represented by Ryan Matteson for C3

sending this album out to Kim & Quinn & Lanny & Devon & Wes, forever perfect in the strobe’s embrace

NO COMPED VOCALS
NO PITCH CORRECTION
NO GUITARS

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The Mountain Goats Durham, 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
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