All Eternals Deck - The Mountain Goats
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  • Band members: Jon Wurster, John Darnielle, Peter Hughes
  • Summary: The 18th studio album from the North Carolina indie-folk trio features production by Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan, as well as others.
  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Each and every song is a living, breathing entity, separate in their own way even as they meld into a single cohesive collection.
  2. Mar 28, 2011
    85
    This carefully sculpted juxtaposition of weight and waft has by now become the band's larger calling, and All Eternals Deck manages to be simultaneously esoteric and accessible, faithful and irreverent.
  3. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    String sections, brushed drums and, on High Hawk Season, backing vocals that recall the Jordanaires give the album a dynamic, varied sound and make it the Mountain Goats' most surprising creation.
  4. Apr 27, 2011
    80
    The result isn't a glorious one, that's not really what The Mountain Goats do, but it is a very strong addition to an already vast canon of work.
  5. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    On All Eternals Deck, Darnielle may take a step back in terms of lyrical sinuosity, but bolsters his band's seething intensity with flying sparks, proving evermore that not only is he a master of moods but an unparalleled songwriter in pop music.
  6. 70
    Occasionally devastating, often outstanding.
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    The second half loses momentum slightly. When in concentrated form, however, the Mountain Goats still manage to reach their peak. [Apr 2011, p.115]

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  1. Apr 4, 2011
    8
    In the grand scheme of things, this is an ok Mountain Goats record. Each song is beautiful and unusual, many of them near greatness in John Darnielle canon. Unfortunately, the songs all feel ripped from different recording sessions, from vastly different albums; as though this record was a collection of lost demos and not a cohesive whole. All that being said, even a mediocre effort by this band eclipses the vast majority of talent in today's music scene. Fans will appreciate the record, and non-fans may well be enticed by some of his most biting tunes since The Sunset Tree. Expand