Tallahassee

January 27, 2003 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 27, 2003
  • Release Date: January 27, 2003
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 2003 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 44:28
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000S57A78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

With that in mind, "Tallahassee" may be the greatest Mountain Goats album yet.
Laura Brown
Most often, Darnielle lays out his stories through a series of first person stream-of-thought narrations by one or more of the albums characters.
Ravensir
This is a polished piece of art and I think the music benefits greatly from the somewhat fuller production without losing it's low-fi appeal.
Mark Brumfield

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Brumfield on February 7, 2004
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This CD is simply beautiful. Not since Lisa Germano's Excerpts from a Love Circus has an album been so perfect in it's entirety. The songwriting is a wonderland of dark and beautiful poetry backed by music that ranges from simple elegance to out and out rockers. This is a polished piece of art and I think the music benefits greatly from the somewhat fuller production without losing it's low-fi appeal. My favorite Mountain Goats CD so far even though I have barely scratched the surface of MGs material that is available. This is a great place to start exploring the Mountain Goats musical landscape..
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ravensir on October 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Since 1992, John Darnielle has been creating lo-fi plot-centered music as the Mountain Goats.

Darnielle's style has always been to tell stories through song. We're not talking anything like a musical here, nothing quite so coherent as Rent. He tells his stories as a booze-hound trying to recall what he did last night, through a series of clipped, vague, and often unclear flashbacks. Most often, Darnielle lays out his stories through a series of first person stream-of-thought narrations by one or more of the albums characters. This being said, the word `narration' does not fully convey what Darnielle accomplishes through this. The result he has achieved time and time again is an experience akin to watching a person's life through their own eyes during periodic installations of their existence. Frequent listeners may expose themselves to the risk of becoming attached to the characters, who are, perhaps without exception, tragic figures in some fashion. If you want an album with a happy ending, you might try sending John Darnielle some prozac, but for the moment you're out of luck.

Tallahassee, like its predecessors, is as much a story as it is music. Given this fairly unique brand of story telling, listeners who just throw the CD on for background music, or listen distractedly, may find the album very dissatisfactory. Few emotionally powerful stories can be appreciated by half-hearted attention, and Tallahassee is no different.

Focusing on the characters that make up the "Alpha Couple", an unhappy couple who have been the subject of many previous songs, the picture painted throughout this album is of a hopelessly broken marriage, and the couple struggling desperately to fix it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scanningtext2002 on May 21, 2003
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I've been a Mountain Goats fan for a few years now and have grown to love the buzzy drone of John Darnielle's tape recorder at the beginning and end of each song. His previous recordings sound as if they are recorded in a bedroom on equipment he found abandoned in an alley, but combined with John's honest and wry vocals the rawness really works. Alas, this album was obviously recorded in a studio by people who knew what they were doing. This sound isn't what I would describe as lush, but most tracks have several instruments and the music has a fuller, more polished sound. As an earlier reviewer noted, this requires some mental gear shifting if you are a fan of this bands earlier albums.
That said, after a few listens, this album really grew on me. The song "See America Right" has moved up the top of my rather competitive list of favorite Mountain Goats songs. It has all of the best aspects of his song writing--a character who has lost control, a road trip, quirky details, and chilling honesty. "My love is like a dark cloud full of rain that's always right there up above you." And, this song especially is one that really works with the bigger, fuller sound. I always have trouble describing to my friends the genre filled by the Mountain Goats, but this song is ROCK my friends, driving, intense, angry, the sort of music you just have to damage your hearing with by playing at maximum volumn. So you'll be deaf at 40. Sacrifices must be made for music this good.
All that said, if you've never listened to a Mountain Goats album before, hunt down Sweden or Full Force Gailsburg first. I own, Lord, eight Mountain Goat albums now? Nine? It's all good, but some is more good than others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yet Another Amazon Reviewer on March 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps the most well-known release from The Mountain Goats is this, Tallahassee. It contains the track "No Children," which was my first proper introduction to John Darnielle's work with The Mountain Goats, like many others before me I'm sure.

The album's story revolves around the multifaceted relationship between the fictional main character and his wife. I assume the characters here are the same ones present in other songs in the "Alpha" series. On the surface, it's a simple album about our protagonist's faltering relationship with his wife; how he seemingly constantly has to rationalize their marriage and their staying together. Underneath, there are the odd and sometimes outrageous tales that make up this dynamic, from the lovers' flare-ups of infatuation, to moments of sincere hatred and loathing, and the overall sense of helplessness that comes with a dying affection.

Apart from the story, and perhaps just as outstanding is the fact that this album is the first of its kind in The Mountain Goats' chronology. The frequency spectrum is no longer clouded with the gentle hum of the Panasonic RX-FT500 or the inherent distortion from its sub-par microphone. Instead, this album was recorded in a more "proper" studio, if there is such a thing, on more high-fidelity equipment, and there are even tracks here that receive the "full band treatment" which break the glorious monotony of Darnielle's solo lamentations for the voice and heavily-strummed steel-string acoustic guitar.

As an album and a collection of songs, "Tallahassee" is perfect. The straightforward and literal lyricism meshed with the overall sound of the recording are magnificent, and the storyline becomes even more complex and enthralling with each new listen to the album.
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