In League with Dragons

The Mountain Goats - In League with Dragons
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Based on 15 reviews
2019 Ratings: #459 / 737
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Based on 129 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1082
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April 26, 2019 / Release Date
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John Darnielle's band was left with an album that paid tribute to Gothic culture called "Goths". Two years later, they are back with a new teen theme with their 17th album entitled "In League With Dragons". John Darnielle has decided to deliver a concept record articulated around... the game Dungeons and Dragons. The Mountain Goats composes their music around this theme of dragons and other fantastic creatures. "In League with Dragons" is quite disappointing and is ... read more
**this is gonna be a long one**

If you had me at gunpoint and asked what my favourite band was, my answer would be the Mountain Goats (or Muse)

Since 1991 John Darnielle has been the main force and frontman of his collective the Mountain Goats, which has had a pretty stable lineup for over a decade now, plus the wonderful addition of sax man/multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas since around 2015. But no matter what the lineup is, it's never tMG unless JD is in it.

And since then the band has ... read more
As a Mountain Goats fan, I'll take this. It's nowhere near Goths for me but that was almost my AOTY of that year so that's a tough one to beat. The theme of the record is pretty compelling to me and John Darnielle still has it when it comes to writing sticky hooks.

Edit: this has only grown on me so far
Although the typical sound structure of The Mountain Goats is a tried and true method of songwriting, after seventeen albums the lack of diversity and change in the groups sound leads to a rather bland product in the end. The entirety of the album sounds essentially the same and doesn't really feel like new material from the group to begin with. At this point in their career, TMG have to start asking themselves if they are bringing anything new to their discography upon each new release or if ... read more
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Year End Lists

#8/Spectrum Culture

Track List

  1. Done Bleeding
  2. Younger
  3. Passaic 1975
  4. Clemency for the Wizard King
  5. Possum by Night
  6. In League with Dragons
  7. Doc Gooden
  8. Going Invisible 2
  9. Waylon Jennings Live!
  10. Cadaver Sniffing Dog
  11. An Antidote for Strychnine
  12. Sicilian Crest
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Added on: January 28, 2019