|Official Release Date||May 10, 2011|
- Manufacturer: Touch & Go ( TOU )
track listing1. Then Comes Dudley2. Mouth Breather3. Nub4. Seasick5. Monkey Trick6. Karpis7. South Mouth8. Lady Shoes9. Rodeo In Joliet10. (intentionally blank track)11. Sunday You Need Love (Bonus Track)12. Pop Song (Bonus Track)13. Seasick - Live (Bonus Track)14. Lady Shoes - Live (Bonus Track)15. Monkey Trick - Live (Bonus Track)
descriptionThe Jesus Lizard's second album followed in the vein of the first with little immediate variation: loud, excellently produced by Steve Albini, plenty of space in the recording to emphasize the sheer force of McNeilly's drums and Sims' bass, and more besides. The little-remarked-upon ability of the rhythm section to kick out some ass-shaking jams spikes up such great numbers as "Nub," which almost predicts Rocket From the Crypt down to the gang-shout vocals, and the slower but no-less-compelling grind of "Rodeo in Joliet" (also one of the band's most inspired titles). Denison's guitar playing seemed a touch more focused at points here, the results almost suggesting such post-punk groove monsters as Gang of Four and even the Pop Group. There's a more evident melodic lead role for his work as well, as the just plain great riff that fires up "Mouth Breather" and his near-countryish twang on "Karpis" makes perfectly clear. Yow, meanwhile, steps ever more into his own persona, his lyrics now downright comprehensible and his singing levels a touch less doom- (and bass) heavy, if no less aggrieved. The staggered vocal overdubs on "Monkey Trick" are a standout, especially when Denison suddenly serves up another one of his surprisingly sweet passages as a bed. Other treats on the album include the opening "Here Comes Dudley" -- in context one of the more non-welcoming greetings around -- and the Morricone-tinged freakout of "Lady Shoes," assuming Morricone scored movies about doctors dealing with some freaky female patients. The whole album seems like a party in hell, not to mention demonstrative proof that there's still plenty of fun to be had with a basic rock lineup; it's all in the matter of how it's handled. [The 2009 remastered reissue of Goat featured five bonus tracks, including a cover of Trio's "Sunday You Need Love" and live versions of three album tracks ("Seasick," "Lady Shoes," "Monkey Trick")
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