Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Mountain Goats - The Life Of The World To Come


The expression or application of human skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

  • Gatefold
  • No lyrics
  • Purple vinyl available

  • Album Rating: 5/5 (Masterful)
  • Sound Quality: 4/5 (Great)
  • Packaging: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

The Mountain Goat's The Life Of The World To Come is art in every sense of the word. It is hauntingly beautiful; a masterpiece of emotion that will make you oblivious to the outside world - if only for an hour.

The Life Of The World To Come is - for the most part - a slow paced yet extremely well-thought out album that occasionally rocks. While tracks such as "1 John 4:16" and "Deuteronomy 2:10" are slow, thoughtful piano tunes, they are no less emotionally charged than the power hungry "Psalms 40:2". If you haven't guessed by now, every track on the album is named after a Bible verse, a strange, yet nonetheless interesting decision by singer/songwriter John Darnielle.

The vinyl is a wonderful edition to any Mountain Goats fan's collection, giving off a clear, crisp sound throughout the record. The version I have is a limited edition pressed on purple vinyl.

The packaging is very nicely done. It feels solid and the images look really cool on the 12" cover.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review! I am a new fan of The Mountain Goats and it's great to hear that Darniel's later albums are just as wonderful as his early ones. (I'm listening to every album in order)