The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2002 Ratings: #69 / 192
User Score
Based on 108 ratings
2002 Ratings: #40
Liked by 13 people
November 5, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Tony Doogan / Producer
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The Alphas: bitter, affectionate, candid, aloof—most of all, not sure what to make of it all. That's the brilliance of John Darnielle: his storytelling resists generalized narratological moralism. And if I didn't already make it clear: this is some of his most subtle songwriting—look no further than the muted opener. Yes, the Goats are in the studio at last: but John's newfound softness of tone only better juxtaposes the various moments of explosivity yet to be found. I've been ... read more
A beautiful, heartbreaking - yet in the next breath, hilarious - masterpiece. The imagery on this thing is what makes the record so fantastic and the already great songwriting skills of John Darnielle greatly benefit from a full band backing.
found these guys after watching "you're the worst" and decided to give the album a go. what a lovely surprise! i really respect the themes tackled too - this sort of dysfunctional love which i think is absolutely fascinating.
[TOP 3]
- No Children -
- The House that Dripped Blood -
- Alpha Rats Nest -
инди-фолк, печальный не от того, что кто-то делает грустный голос (привет фанатам Суфьяна Стивенса), а от полной деромантизации разрыва любовных отношений. история здесь лишена какой-то возвышенности, она просто пугающе обличает пороки. а сыграно и спето все вроде весело, да
This album is immediately cleaner and and a little less direct than the album before it, but with that comes positives and negatives. Although the record has a similar feeling in many ways, it incorporates far more musical elements throughout with the rest of the band backing, making this feel like a more complete album in comparison. However, there was an undeniable personality that came across on the previous record, one of which seems to have lost itself with the addition of all these ... read more
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Track List

  1. Tallahassee
  2. First Few Desperate Hours
  3. Southwood Plantation Road
  4. Game Shows Touch Our Lives
  5. The House That Dripped Blood
  6. Idylls of the King
  7. No Children
  8. See America Right
  9. Peacocks
  10. International Small Arms Traffic Blues
  11. Have to Explode
  12. Old College Try
  13. Oceanographer's Choice
  14. Alpha Rats Nest
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