• 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. Every line is razor sharp and yet brilliantly descriptive.
  2. Though the tunes themselves seem unassuming, based on conventional chord progressions and strumming patterns, that simplicity draws attention to Darnielle's fine songwriting.
  3. 80
    There's a kind of redemptive comfort even in the album's bleakest moments. [Sep 2006, p.91]
  4. Get Lonely reveals an artist in full command of his craft.
  5. Your lost loves will not come back, but the morbid and exquisite plummet of losing them will, and rare is the artist that can make such a prospect as starkly comforting as it is here.
  6. Goat devotees should be most satisfied with this addition to the collection, and the uninitiated could find worse places to start.
  7. 80
    Darnielle's signature frantic strum is all but absent, replaced by languid tempos and quiet full-band arrangements. [Sep 2006, p.108]
  8. 80
    Darnielle displays a newfound glimmer of strength adorning his melancholic tales. [Oct 2006, p.122]
  9. 80
    It's quite haunting. [#73, p.103]
  10. Get Lonely is a record that requires multiple listens (itself a first) but which absolutely forbids them -- I've been unable to listen to it in one sitting after a month. Not out of its weakness or my boredom, but in its relentless despair and my weakness.
  11. So Darnielle doesn't sing about anger; he sings about loss, and in a way the results are as dark and brutal as The Sunset Tree.
  12. A languid, contemplative work with each song a heartbreaking story unto itself. [25 Aug 2006, p.87]
  13. The band's music sounds as sparse as ever, comparable only to that of Nick Drake or David Crosby.
  14. The confessional micro-detail of Darnielle’s minimal indie-folk songs – and haunted whine of a voice – remains stoically unchanged.
  15. A laid-back affair clouded with melancholy. [Sep 2006, p.109]
  16. Get Lonely sounds ironically their warmest, most subdued, least lonely effort to date, at least on the surface.
  17. 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.
  18. What makes the largest impression though, as ever, is Darnielle's ability to build the most affecting of scenes from the smallest suggestion.
  19. It's sometimes too somber, but Darnielle's persona--tender and slightly nasal, colloquial and commanding--keeps you listening. [7 Sep 2006, p.105]
  20. The urgency and bone-deep brutality of The Sunset Tree may be missing here, but Get Lonely is a gentle, lucid and honest reality that works as a testament to Darnielle's keen instincts for situational observation.
  21. Get Lonely doesn’t have the full force of any albums in the Mountain Goats catalog.
  22. Get Lonely is the product of a tunesmith on autopilot.
  23. 60
    Tempering his usually piqued voice and strumming with uncharacteristic restraint, Darnielle marinates in shadowy aloneness.
  24. This should go down in Mountain Goats lore as "The Quiet Album." [Sep 2006, p.82]
  25. 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]
  26. There’s an odd sense of everything being so damn tasteful that you almost want him to overreach and miss some notes. [#15]
  27. While the depression accompanying a relationship breakup comes through, several tracks lose their quirkiness in the studio setting.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 22 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 »