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Sweden

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The Recognition Scene
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Downtown Seoul
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Some Swedish Trees
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I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
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Deianara Crush
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Whole Wide World
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Flashing Lights
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Sept 16 Triple X Love! Love!
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Going To Queens
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Tahitian Ambrosia Maker
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Going To Bolivia
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Tollund Man
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California Song
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Snow Crush Killing Song
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Send Me An Angel
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Neon Orange Glimmer Song
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FM
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Prana Ferox
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Cold Milk Bottle
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Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 45:19

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Michael Azerrad

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eMusic editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad is the author of Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana (Doubleday, 1993), which remains the definitive Nirvana biography,...more »

04.22.11
The Mountain Goats, Sweden
Label: Shrimper / Revolver

To listen to the Mountain Goats '1995 album Sweden is to tour a domestic landscape with capsicum pepper trees in the backyard and bubbling tubs of sour mash in the basement, and to venture through locales as exotic as Bolivia, Seoul and Queens, but never escape a disintegrating relationship vividly real and stringently unromanticized, conjured in the most plain-spoken, dead-on language.

Taped direct-to-boombox, lo-fi is not even the word for this recording, but who cares: Darnielle… read more »

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Really, really good

neurojab

I have to say that I'm not a fan of the low-fi recording style in general, but I do like The Mountain Goats, and I definately like this album. (To me, the hiss and warble of a tape deck is not as annoying as the digital clipping present in many new albums; but that's just me) The beauty and urgency of these songs is so apparent that you don't really even notice the lack of recording fidelity. This is an album that I listen to from beginning to end, and it never gets old. I highly recommend it.

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Songs B+, Fidelity F-

singout

OK. I get the charm of being a lo-fi alt-singer songwriter, but in this day an age there's really not an excuse for the distorted mess we get here. Even bedroom demos can and should sound better than this. Damielle is a charmingly clever writer, but you need to be a rabid fan to live with this one.

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Start here

cbamity

This is my favorite Mountain Goats album...by far. Admittedly, I havent listen to this thing in 10+ years, but just previewing these songs make me want to pull the CD out. This has some more upbeat songs than his more recent albums, but does not lack in imagery and emotion that is his trademark. Just download the thing, and if you dont like it- you don't like the Mountain Goats. As far as the complaint about fidelity. Keep in mind that this was made a while back (1995)- long before the Mountain Goats were as known as they are now. And if you are looking for great production - don't bother looking here... Update. I've finally got around to hearing "All hail West Texas," and its very good. I would start there first because its shorter than Sweden (5 less tracks) and more easily digested.

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My Five Favorite Mountain Goats Characters

By John Darnielle, Contributor

Since 1991, John Darnielle, the principal - and sometimes only - persona behind the Mountain Goats, has been documenting the lives of the broken, the hopeful, the messed-up and the malcontent in a series of inspired, meticulously-drawn songs. His knack for narrative is, among his immediate peers, without any clear equal. He writes characters who are nuanced, rounded and believable, instilling them with a humanity and identity that makes each of his compositions feel like… more »

They Say All Music Guide

This is classic Mountain Goats: songs about broken (or soon to be broken) relationships, food, and flora rendered in vivid detail and recorded straight to boom box. Atop characteristically ragged and percussive guitar playing, John Darnielle works wonders of condensation, creating lively, complex characters in less than three minutes. Despite the flag on the cover and hilarious liner notes about the “Swede conspiracy,” this isn’t a concept album about the homeland of Ace of Base and ABBA, nor are there any covers of those two Darnielle favorites. There is, however, perhaps the best cover of Steely Dan’s “FM” imaginable. No Alpha songs here either, but two more in the “Going to” series — “Going to Queens” and “Going to Bolivia” — and the outstanding “Tahitian Ambrosia Maker,” which is something of a mix between Gilligan’s Island and Heart of Darkness (beginning, “We were real hungry, half dead, when you broke out a half a loaf of sourdough bread, and in the tropical air the scent rose like a spirit”), make Sweden among the best of the early releases from the Mountain Goats. Zopilote Machine is maybe more consistent, but 1995′s Sweden sets a high-water mark not surpassed until The Coroner’s Gambit in 2000. – Jason Nickey

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