All Hail West Texas

The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 100 ratings
2002 Ratings: #25
February 19, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
Emperor Jones / Label
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There is something pretty immediate about this album that stands out. The quiet hiss in the background of each track, the story-like lyricism employed by Darnielle, his nasally and distinct voice, the driving acoustic guitar throughout, everything just flows in the way it should and exactly as it was intended. Each song fits within the structure of the record, and although the songs rarely divert from each other leaving a lack of diversity across this record, it still feels important. Rarely ... read more
'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
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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