Artwork for the Mountain Goats’ Beat the Champ
Philly’s Tim Showalter reviews The Mountain Goats’ new album for The Talkhouse and it’s perfect
All that needs to be said about Beat the Champ, the newly released / 15th studio album from The Mountain Goats is over on The Talkhouse, where Philly’s Tim Showalter – otherwise known as Strand of Oaks – asks the real questions. Like this:
…why the hell is he talking about wrestling so much? Why is this music making me feel sad about growing older? Why am I being overwhelmed by such crushing beauty? By the end of the piano eulogy, you want to hear Darnielle sing again. I need his guidance, and I am not ready to face whatever I’m feeling right now.
That crushing beauty was released today, and The Mountain Goats are playing over at Union Transfer next Monday, April 13. Get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and read Showalter’s review in all its brilliance here.