Tuesday, 1 January 2013

20 Best Albums of 2012: #11


11. The Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth
Transcendental Youth is a captivating record. John Darnielle has a gift for writing evocative lyrics, such as “long black night / morning frost / I’m still here / but all is lost,” that strike a deeply personal chord with listeners. He can be unflinchingly direct as well, especially on “Harlem Roulette” and “Spent Gladiator 2.” The album prominently features a brass section, a choice that results in some absolutely gorgeous arrangements, including the trombone line on the title track.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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