Apr 26, 2019With 16 albums behind them, it would be easy to repeat themselves and crank out another dull routine. But Darnielle and company have more respect for their audience than that, producing an album with the potency to draw in new listeners and give thanks to those already in their company.
May 20, 2019While The Mountain Goats will always remain an acquired taste, there’s a case to put that In League With Dragons is possibly one of their most accessible albums. The collaboration with Pallett is a smart one for sure, and Darnielle has refused to let age dull his edge or mischievous eye for lyrical detail.
Apr 30, 2019In League With Dragons is light on mythical beasts; only four songs here come from the original wizard musical Darnielle was writing. Instead, he fills the record with the subjects of his own escapist fantasies. ... The record occasionally delves into the arcane, as Mountain Goats records can.
May 14, 2019It's generally a low-key record, Darnielle's trademark cadence layered over gentle, lulling tones including gorgeous piano lines ("Possum By Night," which contains the delightful refrain "Grow fat and grow old, go blind and be content"), western acoustic strum (the title track, replete with breathy backing vocals and pedal steel solo), and church organ (the rather epic chant of "Going Invisible 2").
UncutApr 25, 2019Despite the glistening production and seamless craft of it all, his wired intensity is often missed. [Jun 2019, p.32]
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Apr 27, 2019Phenomenally good. Easily one of the best records of their career. The fluctuation between mysticism and realism in the songwriting creates aPhenomenally good. Easily one of the best records of their career. The fluctuation between mysticism and realism in the songwriting creates a really satisfying juxtaposition of moods and ideas. There is a depth to these songs that is clearly apparent in the voicing, even if the meaning can remain elusive. The band sounds freed from the more restrictive concepts grounding 'Goths' and 'Beat the Champ'. If you never listened to the Mountain Goats before, this might be the perfect place to start. As a longtime fan, I couldn't be happier. It feels like the start of a new chapter. Or a new book, even.… Expand
Aug 21, 2019I love how the band continues to expand and explore while also staying true to their identity. This is the most "produced" MGs album and JDI love how the band continues to expand and explore while also staying true to their identity. This is the most "produced" MGs album and JD gave up a lot of control, but it all works for me, the themes are consistent despite the winding array of subjects that tell the story-which is almost every MG album. Waylon Jennings Live is a shockingly good effort at a true country song (I did have the chance to hear JD's demo from the podcast where he's gone deeper ala Waylon and it was marvelous) As usual the writing is amazing if you are an MG fan you likely are lyrically driven, but the band itself get tighter and tighter- Jon Wurster, Peter Peter Hughes and Matt Douglas all shine… Expand
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