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The Mountain Goats' 2011 album is called All Eternals Deck, which refers to an apocryphal tarot deck."The songs cluster around themes of hidden things and the dread that hidden things inspire," says singer/songwriter John Darnielle, "but also the excitement, the attraction, the magnetic draw that scary unknown hidden things exert." The band approached recording sessions for All Eternals Deck as commando raids on multiple studios with several producers. "We wanted to see how disparate seasons and moods and locations and producers would play out in the songs," explains Darnielle.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 204 pages (March 29, 2011)
  • 204 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B004MSRDKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ty Nelson on March 29, 2011
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Wow, after all of the innumerable albums John Darnielle has put out, I didn't think that I could be surprised. The rock concept has finally come together. If you are new to Mountain Goats, here is a brief recap. All Hail West Texas is a classic of the boombox era, and cherished by lo-fi heads everywhere. Tallahassee and The Sunset Tree are absolute masterpieces. They captured Darnielle's songwriting and lyrics perfectly, with better production value. Get Lonely is good mood music, but not quite as good as the two previously mentioned. Then, to many Mountain Goat's fan's horror, they started making Rock music. Heretic Pride is great at times, but so inconsistent that I have only listened to it start to finish once. The Life of the World to Come is a good offering, but I didn't feel that it added anything to the catalog, and I almost never listen to it. I bought All Eternals Deck today expecting a similar experience: good, but more of the same. I was wrong. There is a variety of sound here without it wandering or giving it an inconsistent feel. These are some of the best rock songs that Darnielle has written, and probably the most accessible album to date, though I would still recommend Tallahassee and Sunset Tree to newbies.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gene o'neill on April 15, 2011
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Odd that this only has three and a half stars. This is the first album I've encountered by these guys (this guy?), but the lyrics are the greatest thing I've heard since I was a 16 year old kid listening night after night to Pavement's "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain." The guy really is America's Best Living Non-Hiphop Lyricist, as the New Yorker dubbed him-- usually I would be skeptical, but Jesus, some of his lines are unbelievable. The track that really got me hooked was the second one, with its line about "the rooms with the heat lamps, where the snakes are born." Such a wonderful image; like "Suzanne" or "Stop Breathing" I wouldn't put any money on what the song means exactly, but it is full of mystery and conjures up its own complete world in just a couple of verses.

The music is growing on me, and in fact it gets better with every listen. Like Bob Dylan said in response to an interviewer who criticized his voice, if you listen you'll hear all the right notes. The bare bones instrumentation, to my mind, adds to things, since what we hear are more the forms of songs that could be performed by many other artists, with different arrangements and points of emphasis, much like Dylan's songs were. I detect a Warren Zevon influence in places, though I could be wrong.

Anyway, it's sad that more people aren't listening to this, and that some of those who have listened to it are giving it mediocre reviews.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erik on April 7, 2011
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I've been listening to The Mountain Goats for years, and each release has been an enjoyable experience. Darnielle has produced a wealth of musical short stories, and he shows no signs of letting up. At first pass this album may seem a bit forgettable, but repeat listens are highly rewarding - yielding musical depth and fantastic lyrics. "High Hawk Season" is a show-stopper, sporting stirring vocal harmonies. And "Never Quite Free" is musically and lyrically moving. There are some duds ("Age of Kings" and "For Charles Bronson"), but overall this is a solid 4-star album, well worth hearing and owning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By washesdishes on July 18, 2011
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All Eternal Deck is one of those few albums that grow on you until you are obsessed with it. I think it's pure musical genius. The changing moods, the metaphors that can mean so many different things to a listening audience. All the songs are great. Some have said Age of Kings and Charles Bronson were the weakest songs on the list, but I ask you to listen again. These are songs of hope, beauty, real life and sometimes just plain fun to listen to. I have learned that with the Mountain Goats you have to listen and then listen some more. I believe this is part of the plan, John Darnell wants us to experience the music, not just let it wash over us and then be on our way. Each time we hear a song it is a new experience. That's how music should be.
A story, an experience, a memory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy R. on November 6, 2012
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Folk music from a scary future. Think Hunger Games, Fema Camps, and Revolution (TV series). Frankly, it took a second listen before the album began to reveal its perspective and treasures. By the second listen, I got it, personal and strong. Sad references to States and movie stars that no longer exist, if they are even remembered in the future. The violence is referenced, the jungle overgrowth, the eventual return to Feudalism, it's all here in a beautiful, original album. "Bang the small rocks on the big ones till the small ones are sharp and clean. Catch something,kill something." This is a very special album of great beauty and challenge. A message from a future we must not permit to happen. Audiophiles, you will want to turn up the subwoofer(s) a tiny bit and play this one over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spartucusjones on December 23, 2011
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On the surface it could be easy to take a dismissive attitude towards this album. This album which is the 13th proper studio album is just another album of articulate songwriting which affects you on an emotional level. What is remarkable is that John Darnielle continues to consistently release albums full of articulate songs which affect you on an emotional level. It is all too easy to take his genius for granted. He continues to be one of greatest living lyricist and he has the knack musically to just do enough to get the message across. A definite gem of an album.
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