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The Sunset Tree had been the most personal album of John Darnielle's career, dropping the fictions of previous releases and stripping it down to the facts. So it shouldn't be a surprise that Get Lonely re-engages with the world of creative fiction. There was enough blood on the floor from the previous album for a lifetime. Darnielle built a vast catalog based on his hurried strumming and rushed vocal delivery, but here he sounds considerably mellowed out, taking the time to sing in a fragile falsetto for the beautiful and stripped-down "Wild Sage." Erik Friedlander's cello adds a mournful tone to various songs, while a vibraphone and keyboards further color the sound with beautiful restraint. "New Monster Avenue" adds a hint of that ominous Darnielle fear and loathing, while "Half Dead" lets the music cruise like a mellow Southern California folk-rock tune from the early '70s. On "If You See Light," drummer Corey Fogel breaks into a ramshackle rhythm as Salvation Army Band horns trample over the melody. It's a perfect mix of darkness and light.


Formed: 1991 in Claremont, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Mountain Goats are, for all practical purposes, the endlessly clever and prolific John Darnielle and whatever musicians he surrounds himself with, which means that while the soundscape may change from project to project, the overall tone and feel of Darnielle's work remains remarkably consistent. At his best, he writes finely observed, slightly surreal, impressionistic vignettes that manage to mix life as we live it with life as we wish we could live it, and as such he has more in common with...
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