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"When Darnielle put most of these songs to tape in 1999, even to his fans he seemed like someone who’d end up a committed but obscure lifer on the indie cassette circuit; it was hard to imagine there’d ever be a wide audience for the kind of eccentric, homespun music he was making. But remember: people underestimated Jeff and Cyrus, too." — Pitchfork, Best New ... Read more in Amazon's Mountain Goats Store

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  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B002LBGBJK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1 Samuel 15: 23
2. Psalms 40: 2
3. Genesis 3: 23
4. Philippians 3: 20-21
5. Hebrews 11: 40
6. Genesis 30: 3
7. Romans 10: 9
8. 1 John 4: 16
9. Matthew 25: 21
10. Deuteronomy 2: 10
11. Isaiah 45: 23
12. Ezekiel 7 And The Permanent Efficacy Of Grace

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The Mountain Goats have been making records since that mythical time when the term "tape-only label" didn't require any elaborate explanation, but have been recording and touring in their current incarnation since 2007. That current incarnation consists of John Darnielle, Peter Hughes & Jon Wurster, who, having toured Australia, England, and the U.S. several times (and a cruise ship once), recorded The LIfe of the World to Come across three studios with three producers from April through June of 2009.

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The Mountain Goats John Darnielle has been one of the best songwriters of the 00s. --Rolling Stone

With his last three albums, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has earned a place among the greatest songwriters of his generation --Harp

With his last three albums, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has earned a place among the greatest songwriters of his generation --Harp

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on October 6, 2009
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Another year, another Mountain Goats album. The constantly metamorphosing folk project of singer/songwriter John Darnielle, The Life of the World to Come is their 17th album in 18 years, an impressive number for any band, much less one man. Coming a little over a year and a half after 2008's excellent Heretic Pride, Life features Darnielle turning to that massive old tome which has fascinated and ensnared many a bard before him: the Bible. A concept album of sort, each title in this twelve-song set is named after a particular verse relating, in one way or another, to the intensely personal, highly literate tales that have become the Mountain Goats' hallmark.

But lest you think Darnielle has become Christian rock's newest poet, consider that the Mountain Goats have always worked their best magic under practically hymnal conditions, intertwining Darnielle's heartbreakingly honest, slice-of-life lyrics and colorful metaphors with subtle instrumentation and mellow folk. Taking up where 2005's Get Lonely left off and eschewing the fleshed-out (for the Goats, anyways) production of Heretic Pride, this latest nails just what makes the Mountain Goats such a long-lived project in a world that really doesn't reward intelligent, thoughtful songwriting. From the somber strumming of opener "1 Samuel 15:23" to the soft boil of dark closer "Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace," Darnielle uses the templates of these passages to reflect on his own life experiences, to meditate on the struggles and triumphs that mankind goes through every day and, in doing so, creates an album that strikes right at the core of the human condition.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Hoffknecht on October 8, 2009
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For any and all fans of the Mountain Goats,

After listening to this album all morning, I can honestly say that this has quickly become one of my favorite tMG's albums. I do not think I enjoy is more than "We Shall Be Healed" or "All Hail West Texas", but it has already surpassed "Get Lonely" and "Heretic Pride", both albums that I love. As for its place with "Tallahassee" and "The Sunset Tree", I just think that I cannot decide yet.

The album opens slowly, not quite as understated as "Wild Sage" is for an album opener, but still soft and cool. Then we move quickly into "Psalms" which hits nicely, heavier, and still with the lyrics of John Darnielle which always echo towards a quite desperation, an overall voice of hope in a time of confusion and let-down. The album continues this pattern of softer songs, some solo type works with just John and the piano or guitar, and a few full band rockers, but nothing nearly as hard-hitting as "Lovecraft in Brooklyn" or anything along those lines.

High Points for me:
"1 John 4:16" is simply amazing. This songs sang directly to me. I could not think of anything except past loves and desires, not to mention trying to look forward in these scary times of stress and loss. Whenever John sings "I know that you thinking of me because it's just about to rain" I almost break down. I have now listen to the track at least six times and cannot get over it.

Low Point:
So if you buy from here, you get a bonus track, but also check on the apple site because they have a different bonus track that you can download as a single.
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I was almost reluctant to buy this as (except for Lovecraft in Brooklyn) I was not too wild about Heretic Pride. Life of the World to Come took me totally and pleasantly by surprise. No one goes straight to the heart like John Darnielle and I'm not talking in a sentimental or sickly sweet way. The songwriting indicates someone who took his talent and became it's master. The arrangements are perfect and some have a jazzy, Joni Mitchell feel to them that works very well. 1 John 4;16 (?) and Matthew 21;24 (tracks 8 and 9) are some of the most sublimely beautiful songs that Darnielle has ever written. Who else could write such a beautiful song about watching someone you love die as the Matthew 21;24 song proves. Hard to call one MGs album my favorite but this is up there wityh We Shall All Be Healed, The Sunset Tree and All Hail West Texas for me. This may surpass The Aeroplane Over The Sea as my favorite record of all time.
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This is my favorite album from 2009. I've been listening to it every day for a few weeks. There are no weak songs, and listening to the whole thing from start to finish adds to the appreciation of the individual parts.
Each song is a story, some relating to other songs, some standing alone.
This is a very accessible album. Listen to one or two songs - if you like the sound right away, you'll like the whole thing.
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By lelyn on May 2, 2013
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This was the first whole album that I listened to and it's my favorite. There are some amazingly beautiful songs
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I adore this record. John Darnielle's songwriting is fantastic (as usual), and the instrumentation is spot on. More than one of these tracks makes me cry on the regular — so beautiful.
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