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Boomkat Product Review:
Following last year's excellent Heretic Pride, John Darnielle gets Biblical with The Life Of The World To Come, an album (the 17th studio long-player by The Mountain Goats) where each track takes its title from a passage in the Bible. Don't worry heathens - there's really no need to run off, clutching your Richard Dawkins books, there's no belligerent dogmatism on offer here, although Darnielle teasingly bills the album as being "about 12 hard lessons that the Bible taught you". In fact this is an album on which Darnielle spins his own, often very personal yarns that somehow thematically tie into the verses listed in the song titles. The most immediately striking example of this songwriting strategy is third track 'Genesis 3: 23', a comparatively hard-rocking number (well, all things are relative) whose chorus brings to mind an on-form REM. Here, and at a good many other points during the course of the album, Darnielle calls upon the bolstering of an arrangement from additional musicians. So often in the past The Mountain Goats had been a predominantly solitary pursuit, but as is in-keeping with Heretic Pride's reinforcement from the likes of John Vanderslice and St. Vincent's Annie Clark, here Darnielle recruits cohorts like Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett (on string arrangement duties) as well as producers such as Scott Solter and John Congleton. As is ever the case with this man's records, lyrically the material is captivatingly brilliant while the musical arrangements tend to play second fiddle (that's not a snipe at Pallett's contribution, incidentally) being somewhat less immediate and snappy in their appeal. That's not to say the songwriting isn't a complete package though; Darnielle's always ready to cram his ideas into conveniently chorus-shaped pockets - something very nicely illustrated by '1 John 4: 16', for example - but these are songs that warrant a listener's close attention in order to reveal the fullness of their insights. Highly recommended.