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The Mountain Goats
All Eternals Deck - Merge
FILTER Grade: 82%

By Carrie Tucker on March 30, 2011

 

The Mountain Goats

Interestingly, John Darnielle’s focus for All Eternals Deck was “mainly death scenes and downtown Portland.” With songs like “The Autopsy Garland” and the involvement of Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal), the uninitiated may expect something quite different from the resulting (and signature) dancing-barefoot-in-the-grass, sunny California melodies. Not to worry, the paradoxical, prolific Darnielle reminds us there’s dirt under that green grass, with wry lyrics like, “Anyone here mentions Hotel California/Dies before the first line clears his lips.”

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