Transcendental Youth

The Mountain Goats

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MRG446 | Release Date 2012

John Hodgman wrote:

Transcendental Youth is full of songs about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won’t stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them.

I can report that it is a very good album and has many more instruments on it than his early cassette tapes, including Peter Hughes on bass, Jon Wurster on drums, and, for the first time, a full horn section. And all of this makes a very joyous noise.

Read the entire Hodgman piece at the Merge website, and find out more about the album from John Darnielle himself at mountain-goats.com.

LP is 180-gram vinyl.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1 02:27 $0.99 Buy
Play Lakeside View Apartments Suite 03:58 $0.99 Buy
Play Cry for Judas 03:13 $0.99 Buy
Play Harlem Roulette 03:23 $0.99 Buy
Play White Cedar 03:05 $0.99 Buy
Play Until I Am Whole 02:49 $0.99 Buy
Play Night Light 03:59 $0.99 Buy
Play The Diaz Brothers 02:46 $0.99 Buy
Play Counterfeit Florida Plates 02:23 $0.99 Buy
Play In Memory of Satan 04:01 $0.99 Buy
Play Spent Gladiator 2 02:52 $0.99 Buy
Play Transcendental Youth 04:10 $0.99 Buy

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What is the difference between MP3 and FLAC files?

Merge offers the highest quality MP3s possible. They are encoded without DRM using the LAME version 3.97 encoder at non-variable rate of 320 kbps. At this quality level, the sound is essentially indistinguishable from a CD.

We also offer FLAC digital music files. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an uncompressed audio format. As such, FLAC files provide a perfect digital copy of a given piece of music.

MP3s eliminate audio data in order to reduce file size. FLAC files are by definition 'lossless' and are a perfect digital copy of the original source material. Because of this, a FLAC audio file is much larger in size than an MP3 file. While FLAC audio is ideal if you listen to your music on a higher-end home stereo, or enjoy close-listening on headphones, it does not have as widespread playback support as the MP3 format.

*Note: FLAC files do not work in iTunes.

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