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. Aug 14, 2011
    I can't give it a low rating, because there isn't a bad song on it, and Half Dead and Woke Up New are as good songs as John Darnielle has ever created - however, unlike his other albums there is a certain monotony to it that makes it difficult to listen to all the way through. So I'll give the album a '7', even though I would rate any individual song on it higher than that. Expand

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