We Shall All Be Healed - The Mountain Goats
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  • Summary: John Darnielle's fifth Mountain Goats disc in the past two years was produced by John Vanderslice.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. This is a revelatory album for the Mountain Goats and the listeners; both Darnielle and the audience find new strength in his open vulnerability.
  2. Full of hopelessness and destructive defiance. [Mar 2004, p.94]
  3. His gift for pissed-off poetry and left-field details remains intact.
  4. 70
    They've adopted a crisp, unfussy style that assures the audibility of Darnielle's artful words. [Mar 2004, p.124]
  5. We Shall All Be Healed is complacent, formulaic for a trailblazer, lapped by Destroyer, optimistic-but-joyless in that it is pessimistic-but-punchy, and gooped with the silly putty of vagueness and cliché.
  6. Lyrically, things are mainly annoying, although there are a few bits of amusing storytelling, and some interesting couplets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. AaronR
    Feb 8, 2004
    Awesome, rad!
  2. Ariel
    Oct 7, 2006
    I think what Olympia B meant to say was 'this CD is the bomb.' jahn darnielle is amazing. listening to his songs is like listening to someone telling a beautiful story. Expand
  3. JeffC
    Feb 19, 2004
    This is one of those albums that a lot of people just won't get because, honestly, it's above them.
  4. Nickg
    May 22, 2004
    It's going to be hard to top this one. For the next one he's better off going sideways.
  5. Two-LaneBlacktop
    Jul 4, 2004
    Ok, it's not quite as brilliant as "All Hail West Texas" or "Tallahassee," but it wasn't fair of us to expect THREE flawless albums in a row. Still, this is a GREAT set of songs in Darnielle's trademark style... what it lacks in firepower, it makes up for in texture and detail. 9 out of 10. Expand
  6. OlympiaB
    Feb 7, 2004
    Every post-All Hail West Texas release will undoubtedly be labeled a "disappointment." The studio has obviously had an effect on Darnielle, but far from inhibiting his talents, it has instead honed them like an Iraqi scud. And like any scud missle, some spin in dissary, eventually exploding above the intended target, while others detonate as intended in a flurry charred metal. "We Shall All Be Healed" is 13 scud missles. Expand