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Hand In Unlovable Hand
Tallahassee - Mountain Goats
Member Name: charby
Tallahassee - Mountain Goats
Advantages: 'No Children' is a beautiful song, some other good songs
Disadvantages: None are quite as good as 'No Children'
That song was 'No Children' by the Mountain Goats, as such was my love for it following watching that episode, that I bought the entire album that it appeared on. My reasoning was that if this band was capable of making one such fantastic song, then surely the rest of the album must be at least decent if not better. Over six months later I still listen to this album on a regular basis and in no way regret making such a spontaneous purchase.
== Mountain Goats ==
Mountain Goats is an American band, whose main members have been John Darnielle and Peter Hughes since 1995, but Jon Wurster has also been a band member since 2007. Since 1994 they have had a total of thirteen full-length recordings, but as I only own Tallahassee, I will not be able to comment on how this album compares to the band's other releases.
== Tallahassee ==
Tallahassee was the Mountain Goats album release in 2003, which consisted of fourteen tracks. As I've already said, I bought the album mainly for its seventh track, 'No Children', but have to say that I am now impressed with the rest of the album as well. There are some beautifully written tracks here and a pleasant mix of rockier, faster songs and slower acoustic tracks.
'No Children' is my favourite track due to its beautiful backing music as well as its clever contrast of cheery vocals and sad lyrics. This song's lyrics involve a man singing to his (ex?) wife about how much he hates her and his life now. There are some wonderful lines to be found here, such as 'I am drowning / there is no sign of land / you are coming down with me / hand in unlovable hand and I hope you die / I hope we both die', all sang in a surprisingly upbeat manner. There is a lot of emotion in this song and I can't help but feel moved every time I listen to it.
Some other great songs from this album include 'See America Right', which is a lot rockier than 'No Children', and the slow and thoughtful 'Peacocks' is also one of my favourite tracks. 'Idylls of the King' and 'First Few Desperate Hours' are also songs that I keep going back to listen to and really enjoy. The other tracks on the album are all also decent, but unfortunately none reach the standard set by 'No Children', which I do consider to be a masterpiece.
== Conclusion ==
This is a good album and I do enjoy most of if not all of the songs on it, but I would not love it so much if it weren't for my favourite track. I bought the album based on one song and while I am glad that I did so as I do enjoy it, but none of the other tracks are as good as 'No Children'. I often listen to this song on its own without the rest of the album, but if I do listen to Tallahassee, I do enjoy it. At £5.99 for a physical copy from Amazon or £7.99 for a download from iTunes, it is a good value album and worth this price. I would, however, recommend listening to some of their songs on youtube (or by watching Moral Orel) first before purchasing in order to check that you like them. Based on this album I will look out for other releases by Mountain Goats, though I won't necessarily rush out and buy them immediately.
=== Track Listing ===
1. "Tallahassee" -
2. "First Few Desperate Hours"
3. "Southwood Plantation Road"
4. "Game Shows Touch Our Lives"
5. "The House That Dripped Blood"
6. "Idylls of the Kings"
7. "No Children"
8. "See America Right"
10. "International Small Arms Traffic Blues"
11. "Have to Explode"
12. "Old College Try"
13. "Oceanographer's Choice"
14. "Alpha Rats Nest"
Summary: A good album with one exceptional song