The Life Of The World To Come

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Oct 6, 2009
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. For the main part, The Life Of The World To Come is so familiar as The Mountain Goats that it seems rather lazy.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    It's not his strongest, but facinating none the less. [Nov 2009, p.110]
  3. Under The Radar
    50
    The Goats have noble intentions, but their Biblicval tunes call to mind 7-11 praise music. [Fall 2009, p.59]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 15, 2010
    9
    A beautifully literate work that combines the intimacy of Darnielle's trilogy of autobiographic records with his masterful storytellingA beautifully literate work that combines the intimacy of Darnielle's trilogy of autobiographic records with his masterful storytelling abilities that are so integral to the Mountain Goats. At the same time, this is easily The Mountain Goats' most musically beautiful album (by mountain goats standards, of course), in spite of the fact that the melodies and rhythms on display here are by and large amongst Darnielle's simplest and most minimalistic. All in all, this was easily among the best albums of 2009, and a fascinating and moving new direction for this consistently fantastic band
    (Standout tracks: "Psalms 40:2", "Genesis 3:23", "Hebrews 11:40", "Genesis 30:3", "Ezekiel 7 and The Permanent Efficacy of Grace")
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