Get Lonely

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2006
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Get Lonely is the product of a tunesmith on autopilot.
  2. 60
    Tempering his usually piqued voice and strumming with uncharacteristic restraint, Darnielle marinates in shadowy aloneness.
  3. Paste Magazine
    60
    This should go down in Mountain Goats lore as "The Quiet Album." [Sep 2006, p.82]
  4. Mojo
    60
    Though his nervy, nasal singing style can occasionally grate, the songs are redeemed by his breathtaking lyrical precision and eye for detail. [Oct 2006, p.103]
  5. Under The Radar
    60
    There’s an odd sense of everything being so damn tasteful that you almost want him to overreach and miss some notes. [#15]
  6. While the depression accompanying a relationship breakup comes through, several tracks lose their quirkiness in the studio setting.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Aug 14, 2011
    7
    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 everI 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. Cables
    Feb 9, 2007
    9
    Haunting and depressing. This album is definately a period peice. If you're in the right state of mind, it bites harder than just about Haunting and depressing. This album is definately a period peice. If you're in the right state of mind, it bites harder than just about any other record out there. Either/Or and ElectroShock Blues come to mind when thinking of similar albums or moods. Full Review »