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The Mountain Goats

The Coroner’s Gambit

Absolutely Kosher

John Darnielle has been the Mountain Goats for almost ten years. His voice and his guitar have created an impressive body of work that reaches a current peak with this seventh studio album. Some help on this album from Omaha hero Simon Joyner, The Coroner’s Gambit is a solid statement that’s broken up into 16 songs. Quiet and unassuming, yet alive and full of life, John fills every space with just the right note… or just the right silence. Touching on notes that can grab references to bands like Guided By Voices and Archers of Loaf, to the already mentioned Simon Joyner, The Mountain Goats are a treasure to find. Original and heartfelt. There is a cult following the acoustic heartbeat of this man, and listening to these songs, you understand why. Poetic and permanently enchanting.

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