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Jenny from Thebesbegan its life as many albums by the Mountain Goats do, with John Darnielle playing the piano until a lyric emerged. That lyric, Jenny was a warrior / Jenny was a thief / Jenny hit the corner clinic begging for relief, became Jenny III, a song which laid down a challenge hed never taken up before: writing a sequel to one of his most beloved albums. The Mountain Goats catalog is thick with recurring charactersJenny, who originally appears in theAll Hail West Texastrack bearing her name, as well as in Straight Six fromJam Eater BluesandTranscendental Youthside two jam Night Light, is one of these, someone who enters a song unexpectedly, pricking up the ears of fans who are keen on continuing the various narrative threads running through the Mountain Goats discography before vanishing into the mist. In these songs, Jenny is largely defined by her absence, and she is given that definition by other characters. She is running from something. These features are beguiling, both to the characters whove told her story so far and to the listener. They invite certain questions: Who is Jenny, really? What is she running from? Well, shes a warrior and a thief, and, this being an album by the Mountain Goats, its a safe bet whatever shes fleeing is something bad. Something catastrophically bad. Jenny from Thebesis the story of Jenny, her southwestern ranch style house, the people for whom that house is a place of safety, and the west Texas town that is uncomfortable with its existence. It is a story about the individual and society, about safety and shelter and those who choose to provide care when nobody else will. This is what a follow-up toAll Hail West Texasentails. But if you think about the Mountain Goats as they were in 2001, when Darnielle wrote and recorded that album on his own, mostly into his Panasonic RX-FT500 boombox, and how they are now as the recording and touring outfit of Darnielle,Peter Hughes,Matt Douglas, andJon Wurster, you may find yourself asking how. That occurred to Darnielle, too. If were going to do a sequel to a record that was recorded almost entirely on a boombox, he asks, why not do the opposite and make it as big as possible? Decamping to Tulsa, Oklahomas legendary The Church Studio with Grammy-winning producer/engineerTrina Shoemaker(Sheryl CrowsThe Globe Sessions), that is exactly what the Mountain Goats did.Jenny from Thebesis a lush collection of showtunes, pushing Darnielle as a vocalist and the Mountain Goats as a band, broadening their sonic palette once again by leaning into influences likeGodspell,Jim Steinman, andThe Cars. The resulting album cuts a path that is simultaneously full of allusions longtime Mountain Goats fans will spin entire mythologies from while also being their most inviting record for those whove yet to be converted to the cause. Lifted by Matt Douglas horn and string arrangements, the dreamy guitar ofBullyleader (andBleed Outproducer)Alicia Bognanno, and backing vocals fromKathy ValentineofThe Go-Gos(Only One Way, Same as Cash, Going to Dallas) andMatt Nathanson(Fresh Tattoo), the album is a widescreen musical in scope, a melodrama of richly detailed characters and sweeping emotions. Explaining the title of the album, Darnielle notes that Jenny is not unlike a character from Greek literature, someone on the verge of an unimaginable tragedy whose signs and portents will not make themselves known to her until she finds herself amidst the wreckage. These things never happen in isolation, he says.One bad event leads to and is the reason for another bad event. Jenny should know that you cant keep a safehouse in a west Texas town, but shes too wrapped up in the process and has to go through the loss to understand how it happened. Whether or not she comes to understand how it happened, the events of Jenny from Thebes set Jenny on the run. A woman and her custom yellow and black Kawasaki held in the memories of a vanishing few, someone who held the gate for as long as she could, as a warrior might, before disappearing into the night like a thief.

Jenny from Thebesbegan its life as many albums by the Mountain Goats do, with John Darnielle playing the piano until a lyric emerged. That lyric, Jenny was a warrior / Jenny was a thief / Jenny hit the corner clinic begging for relief, became Jenny III, a song which laid down a challenge hed never taken up before: writing a sequel to one of his most beloved albums. The Mountain Goats catalog is thick with recurring charactersJenny, who originally appears in theAll Hail West Texastrack bearing her name, as well as in Straight Six fromJam Eater BluesandTranscendental Youthside two jam Night Light, is one of these, someone who enters a song unexpectedly, pricking up the ears of fans who are keen on continuing the various narrative threads running through the Mountain Goats discography before vanishing into the mist. In these songs, Jenny is largely defined by her absence, and she is given that definition by other characters. She is running from something. These features are beguiling, both to the characters whove told her story so far and to the listener. They invite certain questions: Who is Jenny, really? What is she running from? Well, shes a warrior and a thief, and, this being an album by the Mountain Goats, its a safe bet whatever shes fleeing is something bad. Something catastrophically bad. Jenny from Thebesis the story of Jenny, her southwestern ranch style house, the people for whom that house is a place of safety, and the west Texas town that is uncomfortable with its existence. It is a story about the individual and society, about safety and shelter and those who choose to provide care when nobody else will. This is what a follow-up toAll Hail West Texasentails. But if you think about the Mountain Goats as they were in 2001, when Darnielle wrote and recorded that album on his own, mostly into his Panasonic RX-FT500 boombox, and how they are now as the recording and touring outfit of Darnielle,Peter Hughes,Matt Douglas, andJon Wurster, you may find yourself asking how. That occurred to Darnielle, too. If were going to do a sequel to a record that was recorded almost entirely on a boombox, he asks, why not do the opposite and make it as big as possible? Decamping to Tulsa, Oklahomas legendary The Church Studio with Grammy-winning producer/engineerTrina Shoemaker(Sheryl CrowsThe Globe Sessions), that is exactly what the Mountain Goats did.Jenny from Thebesis a lush collection of showtunes, pushing Darnielle as a vocalist and the Mountain Goats as a band, broadening their sonic palette once again by leaning into influences likeGodspell,Jim Steinman, andThe Cars. The resulting album cuts a path that is simultaneously full of allusions longtime Mountain Goats fans will spin entire mythologies from while also being their most inviting record for those whove yet to be converted to the cause. Lifted by Matt Douglas horn and string arrangements, the dreamy guitar ofBullyleader (andBleed Outproducer)Alicia Bognanno, and backing vocals fromKathy ValentineofThe Go-Gos(Only One Way, Same as Cash, Going to Dallas) andMatt Nathanson(Fresh Tattoo), the album is a widescreen musical in scope, a melodrama of richly detailed characters and sweeping emotions. Explaining the title of the album, Darnielle notes that Jenny is not unlike a character from Greek literature, someone on the verge of an unimaginable tragedy whose signs and portents will not make themselves known to her until she finds herself amidst the wreckage. These things never happen in isolation, he says.One bad event leads to and is the reason for another bad event. Jenny should know that you cant keep a safehouse in a west Texas town, but shes too wrapped up in the process and has to go through the loss to understand how it happened. Whether or not she comes to understand how it happened, the events of Jenny from Thebes set Jenny on the run. A woman and her custom yellow and black Kawasaki held in the memories of a vanishing few, someone who held the gate for as long as she could, as a warrior might, before disappearing into the night like a thief.

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Jenny From Thebes [Cassette]
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Jenny from Thebesbegan its life as many albums by the Mountain Goats do, with John Darnielle playing the piano until a lyric emerged. That lyric, Jenny was a warrior / Jenny was a thief / Jenny hit the corner clinic begging for relief, became Jenny III, a song which laid down a challenge hed never taken up before: writing a sequel to one of his most beloved albums. The Mountain Goats catalog is thick with recurring charactersJenny, who originally appears in theAll Hail West Texastrack bearing her name, as well as in Straight Six fromJam Eater BluesandTranscendental Youthside two jam Night Light, is one of these, someone who enters a song unexpectedly, pricking up the ears of fans who are keen on continuing the various narrative threads running through the Mountain Goats discography before vanishing into the mist. In these songs, Jenny is largely defined by her absence, and she is given that definition by other characters. She is running from something. These features are beguiling, both to the characters whove told her story so far and to the listener. They invite certain questions: Who is Jenny, really? What is she running from? Well, shes a warrior and a thief, and, this being an album by the Mountain Goats, its a safe bet whatever shes fleeing is something bad. Something catastrophically bad. Jenny from Thebesis the story of Jenny, her southwestern ranch style house, the people for whom that house is a place of safety, and the west Texas town that is uncomfortable with its existence. It is a story about the individual and society, about safety and shelter and those who choose to provide care when nobody else will. This is what a follow-up toAll Hail West Texasentails. But if you think about the Mountain Goats as they were in 2001, when Darnielle wrote and recorded that album on his own, mostly into his Panasonic RX-FT500 boombox, and how they are now as the recording and touring outfit of Darnielle,Peter Hughes,Matt Douglas, andJon Wurster, you may find yourself asking how. That occurred to Darnielle, too. If were going to do a sequel to a record that was recorded almost entirely on a boombox, he asks, why not do the opposite and make it as big as possible? Decamping to Tulsa, Oklahomas legendary The Church Studio with Grammy-winning producer/engineerTrina Shoemaker(Sheryl CrowsThe Globe Sessions), that is exactly what the Mountain Goats did.Jenny from Thebesis a lush collection of showtunes, pushing Darnielle as a vocalist and the Mountain Goats as a band, broadening their sonic palette once again by leaning into influences likeGodspell,Jim Steinman, andThe Cars. The resulting album cuts a path that is simultaneously full of allusions longtime Mountain Goats fans will spin entire mythologies from while also being their most inviting record for those whove yet to be converted to the cause. Lifted by Matt Douglas horn and string arrangements, the dreamy guitar ofBullyleader (andBleed Outproducer)Alicia Bognanno, and backing vocals fromKathy ValentineofThe Go-Gos(Only One Way, Same as Cash, Going to Dallas) andMatt Nathanson(Fresh Tattoo), the album is a widescreen musical in scope, a melodrama of richly detailed characters and sweeping emotions. Explaining the title of the album, Darnielle notes that Jenny is not unlike a character from Greek literature, someone on the verge of an unimaginable tragedy whose signs and portents will not make themselves known to her until she finds herself amidst the wreckage. These things never happen in isolation, he says.One bad event leads to and is the reason for another bad event. Jenny should know that you cant keep a safehouse in a west Texas town, but shes too wrapped up in the process and has to go through the loss to understand how it happened. Whether or not she comes to understand how it happened, the events of Jenny from Thebes set Jenny on the run. A woman and her custom yellow and black Kawasaki held in the memories of a vanishing few, someone who held the gate for as long as she could, as a warrior might, before disappearing into the night like a thief.

        
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