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Full Force Galesburg
Mountain Goats
Full Force Galesburg
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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John Darnielle would prefer to see the music of his band, the Mountain Goats, classified as bi-fi, as opposed to lo-fi. He cites the fact that without modern technology, recording an album from one's bedroom would never be...  more »


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All Artists: Mountain Goats
Title: Full Force Galesburg
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Emperor Jones
Original Release Date: 6/5/1997
Re-Release Date: 6/10/1997
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 036172841127, 036172841110

John Darnielle would prefer to see the music of his band, the Mountain Goats, classified as bi-fi, as opposed to lo-fi. He cites the fact that without modern technology, recording an album from one's bedroom would never be so easy. Sounds like a bit of overanalysis, but that's pretty much the ideology behind Darnielle and whomever of his friends the group consists of at this moment. Lyrics brim with explanations, literary references, philosophical allusions, and an all-around endearing nerdiness. The music of the Mountain Goats tends to be filled with the rapid strums of an acoustic guitar ... and little else. Full Force Galesburg is nothing short of brilliant. Darnielle is backed by Kiwi soundscapist Alastair Galbraith and Nothing Painted Blue's Peter Hughes on memorable songs of codependence and breakup. --Jason Verlinde

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Darnielle is a genius...
Chris Wren | Chicago, Illinois | 04/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When it comes to taking independent recordings to a limit, Darnielle manages to do so. Armed with just his acoustic guitar and a panasonic boombox, Darnielle's lyrical honesty and folk-driven guitar playing is immediately catchy and one that you have to listen to over and over again. Even with such a basic combination (man and a guitar), Darnielle's voice and style of music is instantly recognizable. With his nasal voice and stark observations on life, he manages to show the beauty in every day things and an apperciation of nature. To talk about this CD as a whole, it's one that you wouldn't normally pick up but when and if you did, it would be an instant classic to your collection. Full Force Galesburg is a CD that will constantly impress and demand repeated listenings."
If the world were a better place
jmaehre | Ann Arbor, MI United States | 04/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If the world were a better place, this, and music like this
(IS there anything like this) would be the soundtrack of life, would trickle from the speakers of restaurants and dribble over the cracks of car windows. And everytime someone discussed John Darnielle's music, or the music of Vic Chesnutt, or Camper Van Beethoven, or for that matter David Byrne, they wouldn't spend so much verbiage on how "weird" or "otherworldly" or "bizarre" the music is, as though it came to us via flying saucer. Intelligence and true artism would be and should be not treated as an oddity. This record is as good as any of the Goats'--true, actual emotion, with legitimite conveyance of emotion. Darnielle knows how to use the quiet enunciation, the shout, all of his intonations matter, emotionally.
In "Weekend in Southern Illinois"
he sings "The dandelions spread themselves neatly/
upon the fields/which are evendently endless"
The song refers to dogs which "seem to know something nobody else knows," which is apparently that "We are burning up/
all of our choices/out here where the tall grass grows." It's a great moment, a great meditation, easy to understand or not. Emotions are FELT not UNDERSTOOD. Forgive John Darnielle his nasal voice: he's a good guitar player and composes very well for the instrument, but it's the lyrics that win the day here. I can't say enough about this important, exquisite work."
Daniel Thrall | 07/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The 16 songs on Full Force Galesburg make up John Darnielle's most mature, produced, and beautiful release to date. Each song is a story, a painting, of simple pleasures and revelations we've all experienced, yet they are moments forgotten or buried, brought back to life by Darnielle with such pure emotion that one can't help but get lost in revery. He sings of hot winds on midwestern afternoons, losing yourself on the local roads of yesteryear, of a television in the background suddenly catching your attention. "The black and white image of the young Cassious Clay. My god. My god. My god. He was something. Fists flashing as he comes toward the screen, sailing headlong into nothing..." With sharp imagery and humble depth, Full Force Galesburg brings the Mountain Goats to the next level of greatness."