Life Of The World To Come CD (2009)

Artist: Mountain Goats

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Label 4AD Records/ada
SKU 212199620
UPC 652637293227
UPC 14 00652637293227
Format CD
Release Date 10/6/2009
Author Mountain Goats
Technical Info
Engineer Brandon Eggleston; John Congleton; Scott Solter
CatalogID CAD 2932CD
Lable Name 4AD (USA)
Released 10/05/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 8s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00652637293227
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: John Darnielle (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards); Peter Hughes (electric guitar, bass guitar); Owen Pallett (strings); Jon Wurster (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Scott Solter.
Recording information: Baucom Road, Monroe, North Carolina (04/2009-06/2009); Electrical Audio, Chicago, Illinois (04/2009-06/2009); Sonic Ranch, Tornillo, Texas (04/2009-06/2009).
The Mountain Goats are, for all practical purposes, the endlessly clever and prolific John Darnielle and whatever musicians he surrounds himself with, which means that while the soundscape may change from project to project, the overall tone and feel of Darnielle's work remains remarkably consistent. An impressive achievement, really, since THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME is his umpteenth album (his 16th, actually, and sixth for 4AD), and if an album where every track is named after a Bible verse looks like it's going to be a radical departure for Darnielle, rest assured, it isn't. This isn't some praise & worship affair, but is instead a considered treatise on the use and meaning of faith in our lives, and it's a theme Darnielle has visited frequently in his past work, and it isn't the first time he's used Bible verses to provide narrative structure to a song, either. He's always done that here and there on his projects, but this is the first time a whole album from him has used Bible verses as an over-arching scheme. Other than that, THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME is business as usual, with Darnielle musing on the need to believe and keep faith in something as the pressures, horrors, and oddities of life in the 21st century flash by at the speed of a keypad. This isn't a religious album in any normal sense of the word -- Darnielle certainly isn't preaching here or trying to point anyone to Heaven or any other place -- but it is a deeply spiritual one.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.80) - "[T]aut, unpretentious tunes that sound flawless..."
Spin (p.30) - Ranked #26 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2009" -- "[W]hen the moments of grace come, they're devastating."
Alternative Press (p.110) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With an oft-muted musical backdrop, each thunderous timpani roll or plucked piano string conveys the sheer weight of this subject."
Q (Magazine) (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "As Darnielle's lyrics take centre stage, so piano and acoustic guitar offer muted backing....Fascinating..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "LIFE's tone is quiet and contemplative....Its simplicity actually echoes early Mountain Goats albums more clearly than anything he's released in the past few years."
Disc 1
1 1 Samuel
2 Psalms
3 Genesis
4 Philippians
5 Hebrews
6 Genesis
7 Romans
8 1 John
9 Matthews
10 Deuteronomy
11 Isaiah
12 Ezekiek 1 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
Product Attributes
Artist Mountain Goats
Label 4ad Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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