Songs For Pierre Chuvin

The Mountain Goats - Songs For Pierre Chuvin
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #293 / 792
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2020 Ratings: #352
Liked by 4 people
April 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge Records / Label
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I've always really loved Full Force Galesburg and all the stuff prior, so I love hearing them lofi just giving us some new songs focused on writing not composition. Though, I could've sworn I'd heard that first song before.
It’s a simple project really, it is, and yet it does something special. It’s just John Darnielle, his guitar, and his old boom box. It’s very minimal, as these three elements are the only elements and they all work together to create a personal experience, and one that is likely familiar for Mountain Goats fans.

John went back to an old writing style for this, pulling out this boom box he used to record with long before having a supporting band, and returned to his old ... read more
I just feel so privileged to hear new Mountain Goats' material from the old Panasonic. John's songwriting and lyricism is as brilliant and sharp as ever. This is as special as any of those old records.
All hail the mysterious gap!

This will feel like the album that represents the quarantine the most, at least in regards to its production. Darnielle getting back to his boombox roots for his first truly lo-fi experience since 2002's All Hail West Texas. The Goats since that time have been one of my absolute favorite bands, but I don't mind the detour. I'm probably not locked into this one enough to break down the paganistic elements to the lyrics, but it's short and sweet enough to make for ... read more
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Track List

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  3. Last Gasp at Calama
  4. For the Snakes
  5. The Wooded Hills Along the Black Sea
  6. January 31, 438
  7. Hopeful Assassins of Zeno
  8. Their Gods Do Not Have Surgeons
  9. Going to Lebanon 2
  10. Exegetic Chains
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Added on: April 10, 2020