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  • Summary: The 16th full-length release for the John Darnielle indie project features no guitars and was produced by Brandon Eggleston.
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Rain in Soho
No one knows where the lone wolf sleeps No one sees the hidden treasure in the castle keep No one learns the secret name No one burns in the absent... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. 91
    Though it’s a tad long, and there are points where I get the sense that the band is still feeling out this new sound, Darnielle and crew have crafted a marvelous record that earns its place in the esteemed Mountain Goats canon while standing tall on its own merits.
  2. May 17, 2017
    90
    This album is a love letter, written in elegant cursive (and blood, obvs), for anyone and everyone that holds the underground to their heart.
  3. Jul 6, 2017
    85
    Darnielle’s lyrics never let nostalgia float off in the ether. There’s a geography to Goths that adds complexity and specificity.
  4. Uncut
    May 10, 2017
    80
    Spry, antic and engaging. [Jun 2017, p.34]
  5. May 12, 2017
    80
    Darnielle deftly weaves through memories of an impressionable period in his life and its accompanying soundtrack while avoiding the pitfall of nostalgia or sentimentalism for the music of his youth.
  6. May 19, 2017
    75
    As part of the band’s rich story, It’s still a journey worth taking, both for the band and listeners. But the latter will find themselves staring out the window, brooding over the gray and dismal scenery a bit more.
  7. 67
    Despite the uneven results between that last track and the album’s superlative opener, Goths is a record that grows on you.

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  1. Jul 4, 2017
    9
    This album is absolutely fantastic. The band is playing in some very fresh musical territory. Fans who hanker to hear a return to the boomboxThis album is absolutely fantastic. The band is playing in some very fresh musical territory. Fans who hanker to hear a return to the boombox recordings of Tallahassee and All Hail West Texas will probably be disappointed; the band's progression away from their characteristic old-school lo-fi ep sound continues on Goths. The last few albums have been "meh" in my opinion: not great but not terrible either. This album is phenomenally engineered, with well written songs and some great orchestration. Fun horn section accompaniments and some killer bass playing add some very nice layers to many of the songs. I never thought that I would "groove" to The Mountain Goats. A darkly hilarious masterpiece. I love it. Expand
  2. May 21, 2019
    6
    A deeply consistant entry from the Mountain Goats. GOTHS is frequently funny and has some marvelous musicianship from Jon Wurster, Peter PeterA deeply consistant entry from the Mountain Goats. GOTHS is frequently funny and has some marvelous musicianship from Jon Wurster, Peter Peter Hughes, and Matt Douglas. The gimmicks involved do hold it back though and some of the songwriting feels less finely crafted than that of earlier works. GOTHS is a very strong album but, particularly after Beat the Champ two years earlier, it remains one of this band's low points. Expand

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