Goat Girl

Goat Girl - Goat Girl
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #253 / 722
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2018 Ratings: #399
April 6, 2018 / Release Date
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Rough Trade / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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It’s ambitious and uncompromising, in both structure and content; rather than spoonfeeding, Goat Girl demand more from their listeners and provide more in tandem. As an opening statement, this is as gutsy and self-assured as they come.

The ease at which a whole other world is created, and the amount of catchy and effortlessly cool melodies on the way, ensure that Goat Girl’s debut is not only accomplished, but special.
The Line of Best Fit
Goat Girl have always been an impressive force live; a band that grab you by the throat and demand you pay attention. But with their self-titled debut, what they have to say comes even more clearly into focus.

Goat Girl the album, for its chaos and often mismatched layers, is an album that shows a well-developed skill set, and how Goat Girl the band has more to it than initially meets the ear.

The Skinny
Scuzzy quartet Goat Girl’s self-titled debut is a celebration of London. Actually, celebration isn’t the right word. More a cerebration.
The four piece’s debut album is a grubby, clattering thing that takes its lead from 1980s LA punk trailblazers like X and The Gun Club, who took traditional country music and fed it moonshine until it fell down in a ditch, then scraped the mud off its jeans, handed it a microphone and a broken electric guitar and made it walk through broken glass to sing in a grotty toilet venue bar over a broken PA system.
Anyone aware of the London four-piece’s knack for achieving more in just one-and- a-half minutes than many bands manage in six already knows that this brevity betrays no dearth of ideas. Earworm guitar licks and choir-like harmonies sprout unexpectedly from Goat Girl’s skeletal, unpredictable songs like wildflowers in landfill.
Drowned in Sound

Goat Girl might be 19 tracks long but don't let that put you off. At just 40 minutes in length it doesn't stick around long enough to incur tedium, and what's more, each of its consistent parts makes for an explosive whole that demands repeat listens.

In this crazy, aimless time, they’ve built something distinctly new and surreal.
Under The Radar

For a debut, this is a strikingly well-realized collection of songs with a clear sense of purpose and identity.

Loud and Quiet
The lack of focus threatens to derail proceedings as the album lags a little in the middle, but Goat Girl sound as if they have the potential to be a band for the times; nit-picking, therefore, feels churlish.
Their smoldering mix of post-punk attitude, goth atmosphere, and country twang has roots that go deep and wide into English indie, calling to mind fierce artists like PJ Harvey, Siouxsie Sioux, Electrelane, and PINS. This connection -- and occasional tension -- between past and present informs the album in fascinating ways.
Northern Transmissions
‘Goat Girl’ hangs together well but you get the sense that stylistically, for their next record they could easily flip 180 degrees and put out something completely different. Right here and now, the four piece have laid down a solid foundation, which most likely will pave the way to an interesting and surprising future.
No Ripcord

From the 19-song tracklist of short tunes to the complete disregard for standard song structures, Goat Girl’s self-titled is a punk album in demeanor, if not in style. The result makes for a far more fascinating record than initial singles would have led us to believe. In defying expectations, the band exceeds them.

With a whole 19 tracks packed into 40 minutes, this album could not be accused of being overlong or padded out. But six of those tracks are sketches or interludes that add little to the album, other than a presumably deliberate mood of disorientation, perhaps reflecting a world in which things don’t always fit together nicely or start and finish when you expect them to. That’s fine as an artistic rationale, but it doesn’t translate neatly to the album.
From start to finish, the album is a mix of complete swamp-rock songs, only to be broken up by confusing, short bursts of instrumentation.
Salty Sounds 92
Burn the Stake 96
Creep 96
Viper Fish 97
A Swamp Dog's Tale 94
Cracker Drool 94
Slowly Reclines 89
The Man with No Heart or Brain 97
Moonlit Monkey [IGNORING, {88}]
The Man 96
Lay Down 94
I Don't Care Pt. 1 93
Hank's Theme {IGNORING, [for now], 88}
I Don't Care Pt. 2 97
Throw Me a Bone 94
Dance of Dirty Leftovers {IGNORING [for now], 90}
Little Liar 97
Country Sleaze 96
Tomorrow 95

Top 5:

5. Country Sleaze
4. Viper Fish
3. I Don't Care Pt. 2
2. The Man with No Heart or ... read more
Goat Girl is a surreal experience.
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Top track - The Man
A problem I have with a lot of young hype indie bands from England is that despite stellar singles they struggle to put together a compelling album. Goat Girl struggle with that here, because despite The Man and Country Sleaze being great singles, there's plenty of fat to be trimmed from the 17 tracks. Production is kind of muddy, which i guess is the point (for grungy edgy purposes) but is kind of off putting on some tracks. Still, worth a listen and they're a great live act - and in the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Salty Sounds
  2. Burn the Stake
  3. Creep
  4. Viper Fish
  5. A Swamp Dog's Tale
  6. Cracker Drool
  7. Slowly Reclines
  8. The Man with No Heart or Brain
  9. Moonlit Monkey
  10. The Man
  11. Lay Down
  12. I Don't Care Pt. 1
  13. Hank's Theme
  14. I Don't Care Pt. 2
  15. Throw Me a Bone
  16. Dance of Dirty Leftovers
  17. Little Liar
  18. Country Sleaze
  19. Tomorrow
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Added on: February 6, 2018