Dark in Here

The Mountain Goats - Dark in Here
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #255 / 579
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Based on 137 ratings
2021 Ratings: #243
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Dark in Here doesn’t exactly capture America’s emerging comprehension that, in fact, there’s rot at the country’s core that requires swift remediation; mostly it gives opportunities to reflect on and recover, if only slightly, from our national trauma.


A gloomier companion to 2020’s Getting Into Knives, John Darnielle’s latest is patient, tense, and full of empathy.

Spectrum Culture

The 20th(!) album by the Mountain Goats is a strange and interesting beast full of lush sounds, bold sonic changes, and that lyrical prowess you’ve come to know and love about ol’ John Darnielle.


Despite few upbeat songs, the Mountain Goats’ Dark in Here is a well-balanced, entertaining album. John Darnielle’s songwriting is as strong as ever.

Northern Transmissions

At this point in their career the band is the best they have ever sounded and Darnielle’s lyrical acumen is still something wonderful to behold.

Rolling Stone

Even at his most unsparingly grisly, Darnielle has delivered his dispatches from the hardest precincts of the darkest margins with a perfect balance of irony and empathy.

American Songwriter

These particular sessions were graced by local legend, songwriter and Hammond organ ace Spooner Oldham and guitarist Will McFarlane, each of whom add to the atmospheric embellishment on the album.

My 2nd review today!!!! I’m usually never this productive.

The acclaimed indie folk band, the Mountain Goats released their 20th studio album, and I didn’t even know they were releasing an album till today! This is the first album I’ve listened to by the Mountain Goats, and I’d say it was a pretty good introduction to the band. “Dark in Here” is simply a pleasant, straightforward indie folk album, but it works well. I can imagine this album being a great ... read more
John Darnielle never plays it safe. He doesn't give us more of the same for a quick cash-in like many veteran singer-songwriters who've been at it as long as him. His songwriting has never missed a step, continues to add depth and new levels of versatility. There's a reason the fanbase continues to grow, every release is fan-service, rich, anything-but-basic, rewarding to easy-listening or deep analytical takes. I can't remember ever being disappointed by a Mountain Goats record, even the ... read more
got the record early and...... yeah

fucking hell i love these got damn goat bois
Got my vinyl early and I gotta say this might be their best one since Beat the Champ. If you weren’t feeling the last couple, then this might be the one to get you back on board. Feels like the one they were really wanting to put out before a pandemic put it on hold. I’m a sucker for a song for David Berman too! Can’t wait to dig in some more.
I’m not sure what it was about that last Mountain Goats album Getting Into Knives that hooked me more than everyone else. Maybe I’m a sucker for the writing leaning into a feral and dilapidated place along with the rougher production, maybe it was how there were enough slow burn moments to really suck me in, maybe it was listening to it alongside the newest clipping for a thematic synergy that gave them both so much replay value.

Anyway, folks have been way more supportive and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Parisian Enclave
  2. The Destruction of the Kola Superdeep Borehole Tower
  3. Mobile
  4. Dark in Here
  5. Lizard Suit
  6. When a Powerful Animal Comes
  7. To The Headless Horseman
  8. The New Hydra Collection
  9. The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums
  10. Before I Got There
  11. Arguing With the Ghost of Peter Laughner About His Coney Island Baby Review
  12. Let Me Bathe in Demonic Light
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Added on: April 18, 2021