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The Mountain Goats
1. Wild Sage
2. New Monster Avenue
3. Half Dead
4. Get Lonely
5. Maybe Sprout Wings
6. Moon Over Goldsboro
7. In the Hidden Places
8. Song for Lonely Giants
9. Woke Up New
10. If You See Light
11. Cobra Tattoo
12. In Corolla
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2614
Personnel: John Darnielle (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Franklin Bruno (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, organ); Erik Friedlander (cello); Gene Baker (trumpet); Jennifer Baker (trombone); Peter Hughes, Scott Solter (vibraphone, percussion); Corey Fogel (drums).
Recording information: Prairie Sun (02/2006-03/2006).
Unknown Contributor Role: Scott Solter.
John Darnielle's stark, emotive singing and songwriting evolves with every Mountain Goats release. Where early Mountain Goats albums boasted obscure, no-fi recordings, Darnielle had honed his songs and performances to an amazingly effective, razor-sharp edge by 2006's GET LONELY.
2005's THE SUNSET TREE proved Darnielle a confessional songwriter par excellence, and the bitterness and raw emotion of that album made it one of the Mountain Goats' best. But GET LONELY does its predecessor one better. Equally personal, but pensive and quiet in mood, GET LONELY is less confrontational but more quietly powerful. The album brims with subtle, beautifully arranged instrumentation and crisp sound. If Darnielle--with his detail-rich narratives and keening delivery-- still sounds like he's teetering at the emotional brink, it is with a sense of self-possession and profound, finely tuned melancholy.
Rolling Stone (pp.705-106) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The tunes] offer elegant patter, sharp melodies and details that are both dead-on expressive and literary."
Spin (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] languid tempos and quiet full-band arrangements."
Entertainment Weekly (p.87) - "[H]e incorporates offbeat percussion and foreboding cellos to create a nostalgic lament to lost love." -- Grade: B
Q (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "GET LONELY is a laid-back affair clouded with melancholy, bearing traces of The Magnetic Fields' bone-dry humour..."
Uncut (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] quieter, more intimately acoustic record....[It] probes the nooks and crannies of post-relationship blues."
Magnet (p.103) - "[I]t's quite haunting. More than any Mountain Goats album, GET LONELY sustains a very particular mood that's discreetly articulated by spare accompaniment from bassist Peter Hughes, keyboardist Franklin Bruno and cellist Erik Friedlander."
No Depression (p.129) - "[E]ven more inward-looking....Anyone going through a breakup might not want to hear anything else..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] series of stirring picturesque tales....The songs are redeemed by his breathtaking lyrical precision and eye for detail."
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