Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride (***1/2)

A swift 180 degree turn away from the isolated misery of 2006s Get Lonely, Heretic Pride, the umpteenth record by America's greatest songwriter John Darnielle, is a interwoven tapestry of odd character sketches, awkward encounters and human folly. In this way, it is most in line with the classic, pre-4AD Mountain Goats records such as The Coroner's Gambit or All Hail West Texas. The fact that this man can release such a steady stream of great material is testament not only to the power of Darnielle's lyrical voice, but also to his unmatched perspective of the human existence.

Highlights: "Sax Rohmer #1," "Heretic Pride", "How to Embrace a Swamp Creature", "Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident"

RIYL: Acoustic Troubadours: Bob Dylan, Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Nick Drake

Video - "Sax Rohmer #1"

"Heretic Pride"

"How to Embrace a Swamp Creature"

"San Bernardino"

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