Goths (studio album) by The Mountain Goats

Goths by The Mountain Goats
Year: 2017
Release date: 2017-05-19
Overall rank: 6,432nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Goths is ranked 5th best out of 33 albums by The Mountain Goats on

The best album by The Mountain Goats is The Sunset Tree which is ranked number 1335 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,332.

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From 09/25/2022 00:53
Man I really like this, one of their most interesting albums.
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From 11/10/2021 19:05
Not really following the MG pattern, this album really branches out into new territory. There were limits placed on instrumentation, most specifically that JD could not use a guitar on the record. It clearly opened some musical doors.
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From 08/23/2019 10:26
Two years ago, The Mountain Goats taught us to face an opponent with their album "Beat The Champ". John Darnielle, who is considered one of the best lyricists in the world of indie rock, and his band come back with a new concept album entitled "Goths" and which pays tribute to... the Gothic. And if you listened to the album, you will notice that there is no guitar, just a piano and a Fender Rhodes leading the dance. There are some very successful songs such as "Unicorn Tolerance", "Wear Black" and "Rage of Travers" that do not hesitate to go to smooth jazz. We will have the impression to revisit the time of All Eternals Deck so this album is incredibly well polished and the climax is clearly reached on "For The Portuguese Goth Metal Bands". With this sixteenth MG album, you will not be afraid to be Gothic anymore.


Best track: "Rain In Soho"
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From 12/28/2017 07:21
I liked the soulful music and horns but the esoteric and detailed lyrics about goths and 90s culture went over my head and wasn't something that I could relate to.
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From 08/11/2017 10:59
This album will probably go down as 2017's most overlooked album. This album is superb. This album digs so much deeper than what you would originally think, given the subject matter. It's funny, original and will be nostalgic for some. Will definitely be in my top three albums of the year. LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM.

Best Tracks: Rain in Soho, Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds, The Grey King And The Silver Flame Attunement, Wear Black, Pain in Cocaine, Shelved, Abandoned Flesh
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