Get Lonely - The Mountain Goats
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  • Summary: John Darnielle follows 'The Sunset Tree' with this equally personal 12-song set.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Every line is razor sharp and yet brilliantly descriptive.
  2. Get Lonely reveals an artist in full command of his craft.
  3. 80
    Darnielle's signature frantic strum is all but absent, replaced by languid tempos and quiet full-band arrangements. [Sep 2006, p.108]
  4. Get Lonely sounds ironically their warmest, most subdued, least lonely effort to date, at least on the surface.
  5. Although Darnielle's incessant lyrical urgency occasionally causes some words to sound too forced, it's these delicate, well placed notes, minimal piano tinkles and two chord strums that save the songs.
  6. The band's music sounds as sparse as ever, comparable only to that of Nick Drake or David Crosby.
  7. While the depression accompanying a relationship breakup comes through, several tracks lose their quirkiness in the studio setting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. PeterH
    Feb 18, 2007
    10
    I love this album. From the opening chords of "wild sage" to the sweeping piano of "song for lonely giants" to the beautiful, sad, fragile but brilliant finale that is "in corolla" (my favourite mountain goats track.) Although some miss the former lo-fi sound of previous MG albums I think that Darnielle has utilised the professional studio to create something really special. Expand
  2. johnmc
    Sep 8, 2006
    10
    Involving and beautiful.
  3. danm
    Dec 27, 2006
    10
    These guys are my faves for sure. I saw them in Sydney in July and they are returning in Jan 2007. Have my tix already. I love this album. Darnielle just does it for me. So insightful, cutting, intelligent and beautiful at the same time. Right up there with The Sunset Tree and Tallahassee for its gut-wrenching appeal. A stand out for 2006 in my humble view. Expand
  4. HZ
    Aug 23, 2006
    9
    bittersweet
  5. PatS.
    Aug 29, 2006
    9
    Pretty brilliant, but tough listening.
  6. Adrian
    Aug 27, 2006
    9
    A beautiful album packed full of classics...I imagine it'll be my soundtrack to the autumn.
  7. TBOne
    Oct 2, 2006
    2
    Funny thing, I started listening to this album and imagined a middle aged hippy lighting incense in their house, jamming to this. Then song 3 comes on, "It was raining outside, so I cleaned house today. Spent half of the morning throwing old things away". I pretty much mailed it in after that. If it's that predictable and cliche, I'll just go pick up some Bob Denver vinyl instead. Expand

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