Mountain Goats : The Sunset Tree

Mountain Goats : The Sunset Tree CD [Digipak]

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The 'Sunset Tree', was recorded with producer John Vanderslice in Northern California towards the end of 2004 - has emerged as the most coherent and richly rewarding album in the Mountain Goats' wildly extensive discography. It's a collection of songs about the house that Darnielle grew up in and the people who lived there - an ensemble cast which includes Darnielle himself, an ex-girlfriend, his mother, stepfather and sister, old friends and old enemies. Four AD. 2005.
There has always been something about John Darnielle’s lyrics; even when you’re not exactly sure what he’s talking about, it always feels like he’s telling it like it is. Not that metaphor is a major player on The Sunset Tree, the latest album from the Mountain Goats (of which Darnielle is the founder, frontman, and once only member.) Songs like "This Year," "Dance Music," and "Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod?" are painfully honest about his traumatic childhood and abusive stepfather. You might think that an album about child abuse would be hard to listen to, but as always, hearing Darnielle's lyrics is an honor and a privilege. Trying experiences are captured with deceptively simple statements (is there any better expression of determination than "I will make it through this year if it kills me"?) On this CD, Darnielle also remembers revered (yet cocaine-addled) reggae star Dennis Brown. ("It took all the coke in town to bring down Dennis Brown. On the day my lung collapses, we’ll see just how much it takes.") Though the Mountain Goats have apparently done well enough for Darnielle to quit his day job as a nurse, they don't yet have all the fans they deserve. Don't wait to join the fold. --Leah Weathersby

1. [2:15] You Or Your Memory
2. [2:44] Broom People
3. [3:52] This Year
4. [2:10] Dilaudid
5. [1:57] Dance Music
6. [3:18] Dinu Lipatti's Bones
7. [3:27] Up The Wolves
8. [3:25] Lion's Teeth
9. [3:22] Hast Thou Considered The Tetrapod
10. [2:00] Magpie
11. [3:57] Song For Dennis Brown
12. [2:48] Love Love Love
13. [4:19] Pale Green Things

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