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Review - The Coroner's Gambit
Artist: Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats: The Coroner's Gambit

Desc:CD Review: Artist: Mountain Goats
Label:Absolutely Koshler

Itís been more than three years since the last proper Mountain Goats album, and the times have changed. Singer/songwriter and sole full-time Mountain Goat John Darnielle returns to a more welcoming environment now that Bright Eyes have cleared the way for the indie-rock/psych-folk hybrid that Darnielle helped pioneer in his early-í90s cassette-only days.

Though still sticking to his lo-fi roots, Darnielle experiments with studio recording for the first time on "The Coronerís Gambit." Sonically itís not much of a change from 1997ís "Full Force Galesburg," but Gambitís songs are a little more potent and a bit easier listening. He gets warm and cozy on "Elijah," but on "Family Happiness" it sounds as if heís screaming at his therapist. Any occasion to listen to Darnielle drop wonderful phrases and succinct one-liners in his earnest croon is welcome.

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