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The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth

The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Rank: #91 / 664
USER SCORE
80
Based on
18 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

It’s another perfectly observed collection of songs made real by Darnielle’s deceptively plainspoken poetry.

80
The 405
The 405

As an introduction to the perhaps intimidating world of the Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth is as good a place to start as any; many of Darnielle's favourite subjects are covered, and in poetic verse, with capable musical backing.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

If Transcendental Youth is the best thing Darnielle’s ever done, it’s only because it’s about five per cent tighter and better-played.

80
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

It’s perennially refreshing to hear the work of someone who so obviously does not care what critics think of him; Darnielle’s music reliably gives you the world from his eyes. 

80
PopMatters
PopMatters

It is an unlikely collection of absolute pop anthems, more so than most Mountain Goats albums.

78
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

Song for song, Transcendental Youth doesn't have the consistency of the Mountain Goats' strongest records, and it lacks both variation and character motivation around the middle. 

77
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

With Transcendental Youth, the Mountain Goats have proven that they’re more than capable of engaging us with even without the unimpeachable witticisms of their frontman.

72
Paste
Paste

The album doesn’t match the group’s best output, but it’s a strong and occasionally stunning entry.

70
NME
NME

Slightly predictable, but the work of master craftsmen.

User Reviews
90
The opening 4 tracks are so solid, and 'Diaz Brothers' is a blast, possibly the most fun & energetic song Darnielle has ever written. 'Counterfeit Florida Plates' is a pretty cool, chill tune about a very unchill person, the title track is a great closure with some smooth-as-f*** brass that makes for a heart-warming intro, and White Cedar, while more bare-bones than the first 4 tracks, is intensely sad and moving. There's not much to comment on with the remaining 4 ... read more

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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 2, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Merge
GENRE: Indie Rock
WEBSITE: mountain-goats.com
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 50 - No Ripcord
# 20 - Paste
# 32 - Pazz and Jop
# 24 - PopMatters
MISC LISTS
# 8 - TIME
Track List
  1. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1 
  2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite 
  3. Cry For Judas 
  4. Harlem Roulette 
  5. White Cedar 
  6. Until I Am Whole 
  7. Night Light 
  8. The Diaz Brothers 
  9. Counterfeit Florida Plates 
  10. In Memory of Satan 
  11. Spent Gladiator 2 
  12. Transcendental Youth
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Added on: July 9, 2012