- Goths

The Mountain Goats - Goths
CRITIC SCORE
77
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Rank: #105 / 289
USER SCORE
74
Based on
26 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The LP is both amusing and poignant, full of strange imagery and punch lines that are characteristic of Mountain Goats.

90
Drowned in Sound

It’s that warm pulse, that gushing camaraderie, that renders Goths as more than a clever conceit; no, this album is a love letter, written in elegant cursive (and blood, obvs), for anyone and everyone that holds the underground to their heart.

80
Slant Magazine

Darnielle deftly weaves through memories of an impressionable period in his life and its accompanying soundtrack while avoiding the pitfall of nostalgia or sentimentalism for the music of his youth.

80
Under The Radar

Goths is vivid and light on its toes, as it runs the gamut of various "goth" personalities both historical and fictional, showcasing one of Darnielle's greatest carnal sins—his ability to glean color from unexpected places.

80
The Guardian

Here, the 50-year-old sometime novelist is in masterly form, reappraising his teenage goth years.

80
AllMusic

After over 20 years of writing fine songs and making great records, John Darnielle and the Mountain Goats are actually getting better and more interesting, and Goths is a genuine triumph.

80
Pitchfork

Goths is Darnielle’s most evocative work since the occultist All Eternals Deck and even though it remains loosely conceptual like Beat the Champ, it’s all tethered to this palpable, too-casual melancholy, the kind that comes with telling a cautionary tale one too many times.

79
GIGsoup
Featuring a cross-section of intersectional persons at different points in life, 'Goths' looks beyond misunderstood, suburban "alt" kids to empathize with those who embody, have embodied, and will continue to embody a goth outlook.
75
Paste

From a conceptual standpoint, Darnielle has achieved an exclusive analysis of the brooding would-be darkwaver, though the brilliance of the inside jokes could fall on deaf, pale ears here.

75
A.V. Club

More than on any other album, Darnielle and company are stretching past their indie-folk roots with Goths, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition with the album’s look back at what got them (or, at least, Darnielle and Hughes) to where they are now.

70
The 405

There is brass; lots of brass. There's giddy, Belle and Sebastian-style indie pop. There are a handful of brilliant, impossibly evocative song titles.

70
Alternative Press

Goths is one of Darnielle and co.’s most daring and well-conceived feats.

70
God Is in the TV

Fans of the band will absolutely love Goths though. How refreshing to know your favourite band are still rewriting their own rulebook after so many albums.

67
Consequence of Sound

The things that make Mountain Goats records special — the fervency, the earnestness, the sense of rawness on even the band’s most heavily produced tracks — are, more often than not, buried underneath synth and repetition and subdued swoons here.

60
Loud and Quiet

With Darnielle’s wry lyricism and the band’s polished sound, it’s a familiarly elegant exercise in tenderness and humour as capable of washing over you as it is catching you unawares with a subtle line.

60
Northern Transmissions

Despite some brilliance on instrumentation layers, there’s so many times on Goths where the songs just don’t go anywhere, making their fun and truly clever narratives harder to hold onto.

Joshua0_o
77
This record is easy on the ears and the lyrics are fun and diverse.The last couple of tracks fall a bit flat in comparison though.
I never really listened to anything by these guys but after Goths I certainly will.

Fav tracks: Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds, We Do It Different on the West Coast, Unicorn Tolerance, Paid in Cocaine

Least fav tracks: Stench of the Unburied, For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands
82
not a average The Mountain Goats album as you know before, they had reach a cozy atmosphere sound here.
winitheju
61
Worst Mountain Goats album in a while
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Track List
  1. Rain in Soho
  2. Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds
  3. The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
  4. We Do It Different on the West Coast
  5. Unicorn Tolerance
  6. Stench of the Unburied
  7. Wear Black
  8. Paid in Cocaine
  9. Rage of Travers
  10. Shelved
  11. For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands
  12. Abandoned Flesh
Contributions By
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Added on: February 22, 2017