All Eternals Deck

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2011
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
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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 byIn 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. Collapse
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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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.