The Sunset Tree

The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2005 Ratings: #62 / 455
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2005 Ratings: #53
Liked by 1 person
April 26, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
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Brilliant. "Pale Green Things", in the context of this record, resonates so intensely. tMG may have evolved beyond their lofi roots, but John's songwriting has only matured. The brutal emotional honesty and enigmatic treatment of the topic of abuse is quite simply one of most riveting thematic presentations that I've heard, ever. I know an album is outstanding when it gives me goosebumps each time I listen to it.
The real questions being: how does he grow up in the world around him? And: how heartfelt is he for his stepfather?
The collective continue to incorporate more interesting elements to their music, but maintain their acoustic based sound throughout the record. Many of these tracks feel far more subdued than some of their earlier work, making this record feel a little different from the others. The length is also particularly strong, with no wasted space across the record being felt. One of the groups finer works from my perspective.

Favorite track: Lion's Teeth
Selfish singing

Favorite Tracks: This Year, Up the Wolves, Love Love Love

Least Favorite Tracks: Dinu Lipatti's Bones, Song for Dennis Brown, Magpie

Would I Recommend? No. It works in the songs favor and helps contrast the self-centered lyricist, who sometimes displays that rare technique of being a genuinely gripping songwriter, though more often seems to over-enunciate emotional intellectualism into self conscious realms, paired mostly in nasally, They Might Be Giants-esque singing tones ... read more
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Year End Lists

#49/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. You or Your Memory
  2. Broom People
  3. This Year
  4. Dilaudid
  5. Dance Music
  6. Dinu Lipatti's Bones
  7. Up the Wolves
  8. Lion's Teeth
  9. Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod
  10. Magpie
  11. Song for Dennis Brown
  12. Love Love Love
  13. Pale Green Things
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