Get Lonely CD (2006)

Artist: Mountain Goats

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The Mountain Goats release a brand new album - called Get Lonely - this week.

It's the successor to last year's The Sunset Tree, which was widely hailed as a masterpiece and went on to become the most successful record of John Darnielle's career.

But the new record occupies very different emotional territory - if The Sunset Tree (which chronicled the fraught, violent relationship between Darnielle and his stepfather) derived its power and energy from an unblinking exorcism of personal demons, Get Lonely is perhaps the quiet, haunted aftermath. It's a reflective, intimate record; the mood is one of bittersweet resignation rather than cathartic release.

The songs are fleshed out with deft sensitivity by long-standing Darnielle collaborators Peter Hughes and Franklin Bruno, and there are luminous contributions from cellist Erik Friedlander and drummer Corey Fogel.

Even at its most languid, the album is never merely pretty, and even at its most troubled, it is never merely dark. It is, however, a delicately nuanced triumph - an uncannily coherent and subtly redemptive record which should come to be seen as The Mountain Goats' most resonant, assured and magical collection of songs so far.


Label 4AD / Ada
SKU 202830614
UPC 652637261424
UPC 14 00652637261424
Format CD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Author Mountain Goats
Drums Corey Fogel
Cello Erik Friedlander
Featuring Franklin Bruno
Featuring John Darnielle
Featuring Peter Hughes
Artist Bio
The Mountain GoatsJohn Darnielle was born in Bloomington, Indiana, during one of the state's periodic locust infestations. His family drove out to California in a blue Chrysler convertible with John, as yet unable to walk or speak, riding in the back. He spent most of the next 20-odd years in and around California, buying Gun Club albums and weird Hawaiian guitars from a couple of blind brothers who ran a music store in a strip mall in Norwalk. This sounds like it must be a lie, but, surprisingly, it isn't.Since 1995, the general rule was for Mountain Goats albums to feature a mixture of home-recorded and studio songs, but that changed in 2002 - which saw the release of All Hail West Texas (the first all-boombox Mountain Goats album since 1994's Zopilote Machine), and also saw the Darnielle signing to 4AD and finding himself able to spend more time in recording studios.It's a mark of his extraordinary creativity that, of the 400-plus songs that Darnielle has written and recorded, only a handful directly concern his own experience. But his second album for 4AD - 2004's We Shall All Be Healed - marked a change in approach by revisiting and reconstructing a dark period in his early life. It was a time of seedy apartments, makeshift friendships, cheap substances and unscheduled trips to hospital. All of the songs were based on people John used to know. Most of them are probably dead or in jail by now. Five of them once set up temporary camp in his studio apartment in Portland, Oregon, sketching out plans for their weekend and openly discussing how much they might be able to get for his stereo, were they to steal and sell it. One of them, responding either to the Muse or to the staggering quantities of methamphetamine in her bloodstream, sat herself down at John?s desk and saw fit to compose a doggerel ode in praise of a speed-metal band. She pressed her ball-point pen so hard against the paper as she wrote that the words are still visible on the desk?s walnut surface today. A few of these people may have righted their ships by now and sailed on to calmer waters. They may even have changed their names and become famous. There is always hope.
Review It comes to a head with "In Corolla" - perhaps the finest suicide song I've ever heard. The narrator finally succumbs to the mounting loneliness assailing him in the world. In an O. Henry-like twist, you only find out what's happening in the very last verse, at which point you're liable to shudder and say "My GodÉ he's drowning himself." A climax with no fanfare, simply a few extra strums on a guitar as the man is pulled under...Get Lonely is a beautiful exercise in restraint. It speaks to me of the prairie and falling leaves. Of human desolation. Of the seasons and the ever-changing vanguard. Turn your stereo up to a modest volume, sit back, and be prepared for autumn, because this is the sonic equivalent.
Reviewer Sam Ernst
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Now Magazine
Review Like a scabbed-over successor to last year's exorcism of intra-family demons, The Sunset Tree, John Darnielle's latest is (apologies for the pong of pop psychology) a hesitant step forward in the process of healing...though the tunes themselves seem unassuming, based on conventional chord progressions and strumming patterns, that simplicity draws attention to Darnielle's fine songwriting. Every detail is deliberate, from the self-conscious echo of imagery (angels sing like 'marbles on a mirror,' the protagonist 'looks at [his] hands like mirrors') to Erik Friedlander's purposeful cello accents, which mimic Darnielle's lyrical allusions.
Reviewer Sarah Liss
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Mountain Goats
Label 4ad Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Entertainment Weekly A languid, contemplative work with each song a heartbreaking story unto itself. ...reveals an artist in full command of his craft.
Uncut There's a kind of redemptive comfort even in the album's bleakest moments.

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