Transcendental Youth - The Mountain Goats
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81

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  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Matthew E. White's horn charts are the musical development Darnielle has in store for us. But the dealmaker is Jon Wurster's spare, inescapable drumming.
  2. 80
    The brass-orchestral ups and downs make Transcendental Youth an easier trajectory of peaks and valleys than the flatter, subtler All Eternals Deck.
  3. Oct 1, 2012
    80
    His unique literary view into both the banal and the horrific mix with the most interesting and developed arrangement of any Mountain Goats album and the result is some of the strongest, most compelling work of an already brilliant run.
  4. Nov 1, 2012
    80
    A sense of quiet triumph pervades: this may be the prettiest Mountain Goats album yet.
  5. With Transcendental Youth, the Mountain Goats have proven that they're more than capable of engaging us with even without the unimpeachable witticisms of their frontman.
  6. Oct 3, 2012
    72
    Fortunately, Darnielle's writing usually carries it, grounding his songs to keep them memorable and offer entryways back into something that continually seeks the transcendence its title suggests.
  7. Oct 8, 2012
    50
    The majority of the album is not different or progressive enough to be exciting--and it's not enjoyable enough to make up for it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 14, 2012
    9
    Another really fine album by the underrated John Darnielle and the band. The song writing is fantastic as always but this time the brass arrangements add a musical depth rarely experienced on previous offerings. One of the best albums of the year for sure. Collapse