For those of you who don't know The Mountain Goats (and many of you probably don't) the new album is well worth a listen. Whilst not a 'goth' album in any traditional sense, it is Mountain Goats' John Darnielle's homage to Goth.
The opening track 'Rain in Soho' has a chorus reminiscent of the Sisters of Mercy circa 1985. With a line that insists 'no one knows where the bat cave close', Patricia Morrison could be the one accompanying Darnielle on the vocals. This is followed by the second track which is a pop-folk-easy-listening but heck of a catchy little tune entitled 'Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds'. Darnielle's capacity for quirky lyricism is here in all it's fullest glory.
Two more tracks on the album are particularly worthy of mention. 'Shelved' is a masterpiece in two halves with the second half switching to an unmistakable lead guitar homage to the Cure.
Finally, 'Abandoned Flesh' will have all true Goth aficionados smiling. Mention of Robert Smith, Siouxsie, the Bolshoi, the March Violets and Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry in one track is pretty cool and mighty impressive but do we concur with Darnielle's assertion that 'the world forgot about Gene Loves Jezebel'?