The Mountain Goats
Transcend­ental Youth

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The Mountain Goats
Transcend­ental Youth


EU only, released 5/10/2012

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As John Hodgman so eloquently wrote in the bio for the new record, "John Darnielle has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends, hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail because he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life.

These are the consolations; and if some of his songs suggest that there are real hells on earth, other songs remind that the heavens are equally close at hand. (Sometimes they are even the same songs.) It is my impression that this is the ecstasy John Darnielle is feeling: that thrill of having survived, escaped for even a second to enjoy those small transcendent delights, and to sing of them.

Transcendental Youth is full of songs about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won't stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them." John Darnielle has been called "America's best non-hip-hop lyricist" by the New Yorker and last year was tagged on the cover as SPIN Magazine as, "Indie Rock's Greatest Lyricist".

  1. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
  2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite
  3. Cry for Judas
  4. Harlem Roulette
  5. White Cedar
  6. Until I Am Whole
  7. Night Light
  8. The Diaz Brothers
  9. Counterfeit Florida Plates
  10. In Memory of Satan
  11. Spent Gladiator 2
  12. Transcendental Youth