The Life Of The World To Come - The Mountain Goats

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  1. Regardless of his collaborators or how he chooses to approach his songs, The Life of the World to Come is further proof of Darnielle's ability, evident since long before he traded a boombox for a studio, to imbue his imagery, his sentiments, and his many characters with astounding weight and power.
  2. While he might elicit the specific from his listeners, his music--especially here--is general. This is his gift and the gift of effective storytellers: to build toward the general by using the specific.
  3. What makes The Life of the World to Come one of 2009's best albums, and the Mountain Goats' studio albums maybe the single greatest second act in modern American rock/indie/whatever music, is that he never assumes those groups are, at the heart of it all, different from each other or less deserving of our attention and compassion.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

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  1. Oct 15, 2010
    A 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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