Transcendental Youth
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Average Rating
(5 user ratings) ADD YOURS Help
Release Date
October 2, 2012
Label
Merge Records

Style: Narrative indie rock; compare to The Hold Steady, The Decemberists, John Vanderslice

Top tracks: "Cry for Judas," "White Cedar," "Transcendental Youth"

The Mountain Goats' lead singer John Darnielle introduces a new array of characters on Transcendental Youth, building narratives around a group of social and religious outcasts fighting drug addiction and mental illness. In dingy apartments, hospitals, and rehab facilities, and the lesser-tread streets of Washington state, redemption survives despite the darkness. Even at their lowest, characters embrace "stray hopes, may their numbers someday be increased." Musically, the band continues to beef up its sound from its raw, lo-fi past, this time implementing a full horn section, which adds a little orchestral flavor to their folk rock style.

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
Browse All Music Reviews By:
Read These Next
Current Issue
Reply All Subscriber Access Only
Responses to our April issue via letters, tweets, and Facebook posts.
TrendingThe Theology Beneath the Trump-Comey Conflict
The Theology Beneath the Trump-Comey Conflict
How the former FBI director’s interest in Reinhold Niebuhr shaped his approach to political power.
Editor's PickSasse: Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap
Ben Sasse: Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap
The Nebraska senator wants parents to get serious about shepherding kids into responsible adulthood.
Christianity Today
Transcendental Youth
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

October 2012

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.