Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride (2 stars)

Mountain Goats

(4AD)

FOLK POP

While it might be cruel to say that John Darnielle and his Mountain Goats might be trying for a kind of Sufjan Stevens vibe but end up a bit too Jasper Carrott for comfort, that’s still the overriding impression given by Heretic Pride. A collection of utterly weedy folk-pop songs shouted or warbled at the top of his throat by Darnielle mainly strum by without leaving the barest stain of an impression the second they have ended. I’m told that these songs have moved away from the autobiographical bent of previous affairs to concentrate on myths and cults and slasher films. Track six is entitled ‘So Desperate.’ Now that’s what I call apt.

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