All Hail West Texas

The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas
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Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 150 ratings
2002 Ratings: #17
Liked by 8 people
February 19, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
Emperor Jones / Label
John Darnielle / Producer
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OpiesFuneral
98

Hail Satan

Evan
91

Raucous, acerbic, lo-fi indie-folk that sounds more like anti-folk. This albums is not expansive or vast but rather centered and focused on real life, real feelings, and real experiences. In that way it’s very relatable and down to earth, through the eyes of one who is cynical yet sanguine. It listens like Leonard Cohen with the wit of Will Toledo or Elliot Smith. Not polished at all, but that adds more than it takes away for sure. Overall, this album feels sort of like a coming of age ... read more

HoodieBraden
80

'All Hail West Texas' is everything good about lo-fi indie-folk in one big collection of songs. In my opinion, the album actually improves in lyricism as it progresses along. Once you hit the middle of the record with tracks like "Pink And Blue" and "Riches And Wonders", it's all uphill after that. Songwriter John Darnielle really hit the peak of his career on this record. In the late 90s and early 00s, Darnielle recorded a surplus amount of lo-fi indie tracks right in his ... read more

86

In a wildly prolific career filled with great songs, “All Hail West Texas” still manages to hold up as a highlight reel of iconic Mountain Goats moments. After gradually honing his distinctively witty and incisive writing voice over the course of a decade, John Darnielle pulled together a true songwriting manifesto that simply couldn’t be ignored; that he did this left entirely to his own devices and limited resources is all the more impressive. The lo-fi origins and recording ... read more

Evan
91

Raucous, acerbic, lo-fi indie-folk that sounds more like anti-folk. This albums is not expansive or vast but rather centered and focused on real life, real feelings, and real experiences. In that way it’s very relatable and down to earth, through the eyes of one who is cynical yet sanguine. It listens like Leonard Cohen with the wit of Will Toledo or Elliot Smith. Not polished at all, but that adds more than it takes away for sure. Overall, this album feels sort of like a coming of age ... read more

WittyMiky
80

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Track List

  1. The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton 
  2. Fall Of The Star High School Running Back 
  3. Color In Your Checks 
  4. Jenny 
  5. Fault Lines 
  6. Balance 
  7. Pink And Blue 
  8. Riches And Wonders 
  9. The Mess Inside 
  10. Jeff Davis County Blues 
  11. Distant Stations 
  12. Blues In Dallas 
  13. Source Delay 
  14. Absolute Lithops Effect
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Added on: October 4, 2012