"Jesus Lizard is one of those bands that has an absolutely distinctive sound. Once you're familiar with them, you can hear a Jesus Lizard song that you've never heard before in your life and still know instantly that it's them. The Ramones and AC/DC are two other examples of this phenomenon. However, every band has that one "best" album, and Goat is Jesus Lizard's. All of the songs are very strong, but pay extra close attention to the album's one-two knockout punch of Mouth Breather and Nub. To this day I believe those are the two best songs the band ever wrote. If you've heard of Jesus Lizard but never actually heard them and are curious, I say this is the album to buy. If you like it, you'll probably like Head/Pure, Liar, and Down. Those are my four favorites and the only ones I really recommend. I believe it was after recording Down that drummer Mac McNeily left the band and they stopped using Albini as their producer. They were just never the same from then on.
I used to think that Jesus Lizard was 100% original and unique. Then I heard The Birthday Party. I felt exactly the same way I did when I finally found out that there was no Santa Claus, or that Fugazi is actually just a big rip off of Gang of Four. But I got over it."
Uncorrupted files from the late 80s/early 90s
A. Chiseler | Venice, CA | 06/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Things were getting really weird and really interesting back then. And then suddenly, it all passed through the colon of the marketing department and it was christened "Grunge." Which sort of *looked* like the interesting stuff, but it sounded like Foghat. So, kids: burn your Pearl Jam records and go get this one. Imagine Zeppelin de-tuned and chewing the flesh of naked hippy children like Goya's Saturn. But Bonzo has studied the time signatures of Romanian wedding music, and Robert Plant is a wild-eyed Texas coprophage. Like the man says, I love the eighties!"
Don't get me wrong, he's a nice guy...
Matt W. | tucson, az | 07/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's impossible to pick my favorite Jesus Lizard album from their Touch and Go/Steve Albini days because they all are equally important."Goat" is a paranoid descent into their world, and I love it to death. Duane Denison does some of his most beautiful guitar work on this album with "Then Comes Dudley" "Monkey Trick" "Karpis" "South Mouth" "Rodeo in Joliet" and especially the slide playing on "Nub". If I had to pick my desert island top 5, they would be my top Jesus Lizard albums because I never get tired of listening and rocking out to them.There are very few bands within the past 10-15 years that have had as much importance to me as The Jesus Lizard. They were a band that played with real soul, and I miss them."
waht | usa | 02/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My god!, after listening intentley to this album for a week...I finally understood what the words "rock and roll" meant. It was one of the most joyous times in my musical carreer, as if I had seen the light. I know this seems a bit over-board but it is the truth. The Jesus Lizard (an off shoot of the previous band Scratch Acid with ties to Steve albini of Big Black) has given us excitment, nervous elightenment, courage, glimpses of the insane, and sorrow for the weak of heart. Percussion and bass that truely hold it down and give it all movement and anchor. Big bass lines everywhere and drums that smack you upside the head. Heavy in the truest sense. Guitar work that defines intense, rockin', grandure. If you want to understand tone, it is here. And the vocals...this is what pushing yourself and suffering for what you love sounds like. When you think it's too much you come to realize that it is just the beginning...this album seriously made me reconsider just about everything I thought about rock music period. You can start here, find your way to some Scratch Acid, Big Black, Rapeman, and through to Shellac."