ALBUM REVIEW: Mountain Goats – Getting Into Knives | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 23.10.20







Like most of John Darnielle’s brilliant records, Getting Into Knives has a thread of pathos running through it, here he fixates on the inevitability of grief and loss with some of the Mountain Goats most earwormy AM rock in years.

Get Famous, piercing in its sincerity, warns of the trappings of hedonism and semi-fame, backed by brass and organ it enters the canon as being one of the band’s most accessible pop songs. Rat Queen has a similar 70s AOR vibe that runs through the record, while more plaintive moments like Wolf Count reminds the listener how Darnielle can really utilise narrative to tug at the heartstrings. I’m not sure that Getting Into Knives will convince anyone not already on board, but it’s a much-better-than-average addition to their catalogue.



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