All Eternals Deck

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2011
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Alternative Press
    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]
  2. Mar 30, 2011
    60
    While the other songs, intelligent pieces of art that they are, may intrigue, it's disappointing that only one song here compels us to really feel anything.
  3. Mojo
    May 17, 2011
    60
    The album pays in cleft between Darnielle's left and right brains and strikes the perfect balance between wild imagery and plaintive sentiment. [May 2011, p.112]
  4. Q Magazine
    May 17, 2011
    60
    The focus on Darnielle's wonderfully evocative phrasing makes his songs sound like enigmatic fragments of short stories. [May 2011, p.120]
  5. Uncut
    Apr 13, 2011
    60
    The execution falls vexingly short of ambition, principally because a little of Darnielle's limited voice goes a long way. But the best of the songs are great. [May 2011, p.93]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 JohnIn 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. Full Review »