The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck, MERGE

“You don’t wanna see these guys without their masks on. . .”
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“You don’t wanna see these guys without their masks on. . .” One evocative line triggers the imagination of frontman John Darnielle and reveals a dark, intimate musical world. This lyric is from “The Autopsy Garland” on All Eternals Deck, the latest album forged from Darnielle’s fearsome poetry and his collaboration with bassist Peter Hughes and drummer Jon Wurster. Guest string and keyboard players, and four producers in four studios, help create varied pop/punk/ orchestral sounds, giving an engaging voice to Darnielle’s grimly beautiful imagery.
BARBARA SCHULTZ

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