Heretic Pride

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2008
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17

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  1. LuigiL.
    Feb 24, 2008
    9
    As usual, beautiful and fascinating.
  2. MichaelE.
    Mar 4, 2008
    10
    This is a fantastic album. I listen to it again and again. It´s interesting what happens when the Mountain Goats do an album that does not fit into their "image". A lot of critics can´t respond to it. And, most important: though it´s a kind of fun album, it has a broad emotional palette as well. And deeply touching songs. Breathtaking!
  3. ChrisC
    Feb 23, 2008
    8
    What are these reviewers whining about? One critic actually complaining that you can't hear the tape hissing anymore? And the songs don't sound any more 'same' than seventy five percent of bands out there. Or then there's the critics who seem to think because Sunset Tree was so personal, Darnielle isn't allowed to write an album that isn't. Quit whining What are these reviewers whining about? One critic actually complaining that you can't hear the tape hissing anymore? And the songs don't sound any more 'same' than seventy five percent of bands out there. Or then there's the critics who seem to think because Sunset Tree was so personal, Darnielle isn't allowed to write an album that isn't. Quit whining critics. This is a really fun album. Expand
  4. JackB.
    Feb 28, 2008
    9
    break away from the personal and back toward classic outward storytelling.
  5. SteveO.
    Apr 11, 2008
    8
    Cool voice but it CAN get a little annoying... good songwriters though... its a good album overall.
  6. BobJ.
    Feb 22, 2008
    10
    I have listened to this album about 20x in the last week. I can't remember the last time I did this. I've since gone back and listened to as much as possible from their back catalog. Incredible stuff.
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. It’s the crafting of timeless, crest-fallen melodies infused with gripping characterisations that elevates Darnielle into the upper-crust of musical virtuosity. And that’s exactly where Heretic Pride leaves him: perched atop the pile of today’s try-hardy singer/songwriters.
  2. This is business as usual: string-laced Americana that ranks alongside other literate types such as The Shins or Midlake.
  3. The music often verges on innocuous, but it serves its purpose as a backdrop for Darnielle’s steadily churning imagination.