Jenny From Thebes

The Mountain Goats

Jenny From Thebes

Album number twenty-two from the lo-fi indie folk band led by John Darnielle was produced by Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith)

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Merge
UK Release date
27/10/2023
US Release date
27/10/2023
  1. 9.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The North Carolina band’s sequel to their 2002 album All Hail West Texas awakens the dead and commits murder, in that orde
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  2. 9.0 |   XS Noize

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  3. 8.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    In a cultural landscape oversaturated with sequels, Jenny from Thebes is a welcome, thoroughly crafted addition that breathes new life into a character who’s long piqued much curiosity from Mountain Goats diehards
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A familiarity with the back-story is not necessary to enjoy this potted indie-rock opera: as always with Darnielle's work, an appreciation of droll storytelling and deadpan melodies will do. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Jenny from Thebes manages to truly distill the manic energy of the Mountain Goats' formative phase into a maturing yet vital shape, giving it a place in the upper reaches of their pantheon
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  6. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    John Darnielle delves into the lore of 2002’s All Hail West Texas with a soft-rock opera that adds baroque arrangements to his brutal, tender storytelling
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  7. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The world that the Mountain Goats have created feels as lived-in as one could hope for a character now 20 years on from their creation
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  8. 7.0 |   All Music

    If Jenny From Thebes may be a bit more cryptic than his best work, every song contains a yarn worth hearing, and his quietly bold, ordinary-guy delivery is surprisingly flexible, adjusting itself to fit any situation he presents
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  9. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Mountain Goats meander through the rock-opera kitsch of Jenny from Thebes
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