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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree


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It has been a while between drinks but we’ve decided to reintroduce FLASHBACK FRIDAYS. This is where we get our writers to revisit one of their favourite albums from the past and give their thoughts on it. Today Donny will be giving his thoughts on the Mountain Goats ‘The Sunset Tree’. Enjoy.

The year is 2008 I’m seventeen and I am having what I have described one of the worst years of my life. One good thing to come out of this year however is the album The Sunset Tree by The Mountain Goats. This is why it means so much to me.

This is the type of album everyone needs one of in their collection, the type of album that can see you up and out of whatever drama is going on. (I mean once you’ve belted out a chorus of “I’m going to make it through this year if it kills me;” you feel invincible for twenty minutes.

As far as the vocal style goes you either love it or not. The sometimes nasal twang of John Darnielle’s voice has put off some friends, but ultimately I feel that it suits the lyrical content (with it’s dark, almost bitter narrative, with tender sentiments dispersed throughout, and interesting references) perfectly.

In terms of musical composition the flow of The Sunset Tree is perfect, achieving it’s aims with deft precision. It maintains a tempo that allows for the lyrical message to be clearly understood while providing a varied and interesting audio-scape littered with piano, guitar and violin.

Some of the stand out songs are This Year, Up The Wolves, and Pale Green Things. This album managed to up lift me when I felt down and console me when I felt alone.

Overall I give The Sunset Tree 4 and 1/2 Stars out of 5