The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania

Damien Jurado - The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #296 / 609
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
Liked by 1 person
May 14, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Maraqopa / Label / Website
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His 20th album has production that sounds home-made, as if he’s singing beside you on the sofa while the bass player, drummer and peep-y keyboard player are playing in the empty attic upstairs.
The Line of Best Fit

Allow a while for these songs to seep in, and The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania will leave you deeply moved, and desperate for more.


While The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania doesn't necessarily break new ground, it's a strong, affecting set from a songwriter who proves himself among the elite at doing more with less.

The people in these songs are losing their listeners, memory or love, suffering partial erasures. And yet this melodic music holds them close with familiar warmth.
Beats Per Minute

With The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Damien Jurado continues to express his exceptional talent for melody and postmodern narrative.

Record Collector

Even if The Monster... never breaks a sweat, its deep, measured dispatch from the liminal spaces holds you close.

Helena - 3/5
Tom - 4/5
Dawn Pretend - 3/5
Song for Langston Birch - 3/5
Minnesota - 3/5
Johnny Caravella - 3/5
Joan - 5/5 ❤
Hiding Ghosts - 5/5 ❤
Jennifer - 4/5
Male Customer #1 - 3/5
Earnest but ultimately it's a bit dry and dreary and drags way too much


Dropouts: Tom, Jennifer, Song for Langston Birch
This method of song-writing as portraiture is a high-risk, high-reward endeavor. Luckily, Jurado has the talent, emotional intelligence, and poetic lyricism to pull it off. It's mellow, mellow enough to potentially lose a listener's attention, but maybe that's part of the point. When we're in public, each person around us has their stories to tell. When we tune in and look closely, we may decipher some of it. Usually, though, we just let them pass by without a second thought. Give this a ... read more
Minimalist, sweet and exceptional is Damien Jurado's 20th album. Amazing to know that to this day, you can hear works polished to the point of seeing the soul of the artist in a world of nonsensical slow-reverb songs dominating the media. Even if it's not my cup of tea, why should I deny the taste?

fav tracks: "Song for Langston Birch", "Minnesota", "Jennifer", "Hiding Ghosts" & "Male Customer #1"
KEY-TRACK: "Johnny Caravella"
The album cover portrays the feelings while listening to this album incredibly well
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Added on: March 2, 2021