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Getting Into Knives

The Mountain Goats

Getting Into Knives

Album number nineteen from the lo-fi indie folk band led by John Darnielle produced Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine)

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Merge
UK Release date
23/10/2020
US Release date
23/10/2020
  1. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    Ultimately, the best complement one can pay the band at this point is simply to say that the new album is in fact the perfect primer for newcomers as well as further affirmation for those that have followed them all along
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  2. 8.1 |   Spectrum Culture

    Rather than attempting to re-create his glory days, John Darnielle revisits and enriches them by looking at things in a new way
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  3. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    There aren’t many things anymore that are consistent so it is truly nice to have The Mountain Goats remind us that even in our darkest days they will be there with a soft touch, warm shoulder and hearty laugh for us to lean into
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    With Getting Into Knives, The Mountain Goats provide us with a smorgasbord of robbed emotions and new, neon-backdropped friends – and we need it more now than ever
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  5. 8.0 |   Punk News

    To characterize this as their best album would be difficult. For me We Shall All Be Healed will be my gut wrenching favorite. But, there’s a lot of good here. The band’s personality has never shown through like this in the studio before
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    John Darnielle explores new sounds on his 19th studio album as the Mountain Goats—and creates his best record in years with Getting Into Knives
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  7. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Recorded in Memphis before lockdown, the Mountain Goats’ second album of 2020 is lush and loose, full of stories about personal fulfillment, in whatever form it takes
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Spread out over 13 songs, it's apparent that the spirit of Memphis inspired the album, with touches of country, jazz and rock meeting with the folk tradition that are the root of the group's songwriting
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  9. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The band’s latest has great songs inspired by unlikely subject matter like tweets and goldfish
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  10. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Delights and distresses, packed with musical flourishes and finely drawn lyrics. Print edition only

  11. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Given the year we’ve been through, it’s hard not to treat Getting Into Knives as a welcomed breather. Scattered throughout are moments of small yet effective reassurances
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  12. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Although Getting Into Knives will certainly offer some exciting moments for longtime fans, it doesn’t necessarily add much to the overall Mountain Goats canon
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  13. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The band’s uniquely existential and observational approach to rock is, for the first time, beginning to wear thin
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