We Shall All Be Healed

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We Shall All Be Healed
Studio album by the Mountain Goats
Released February 3, 2004
Recorded Bear Creek Studios
Woodinville, Washington
Genre Folk rock
Length 44:45
Label 4AD
Producer John Vanderslice
Scott Solter
the Mountain Goats chronology
We Shall All Be Healed
The Sunset Tree
(2005)The Sunset Tree2005
Singles from We Shall All Be Healed
  1. "Palmcorder Yajna"
    Released: December 8, 2003
  2. "Letter from Belgium"
    Released: April 12, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Blender 3/5 stars [3]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10 [4]
Robert Christgau A [5]

We Shall All Be Healed is the eighth studio album by The Mountain Goats. The album focuses on semi-fictional accounts of band leader John Darnielle's years as a teenager, particularly his friends' and acquaintances' experiences in California and in Portland, Oregon as methamphetamine addicts. As The Mountain Goats' official website puts it: "All of the songs on We Shall All Be Healed are based on people John used to know. Most of them are probably dead or in jail by now." Like Tallahassee, but unlike the rest of Darnielle's repertoire up to its release, We Shall All Be Healed was recorded with a full band in a recording studio, and produced by John Vanderslice, as opposed to The Mountain Goats' previous practice of recording at home on a boom box with, at most, one or two backup vocalists or a bassist. "Palmcorder Yajna" (the primary single), when played in concert, is often played with the backing of members of one or more of the opening acts on tour with The Mountain Goats. The song "Cotton" was featured in an episode of the television series Weeds.

One of the provisional titles for the album was New Age Music Will Save Your Wretched Soul.[6]


"We Shall All Be Healed" was generally liked by critics. The critics look at this album song by song leading to a difference of opinion on the different direction The Mountain Goats have taken in the albums creation. With a new production style and a band playing alongside John Darnielle comes the criticism on how this changes the heart of the music. Some of the critics see this as less authentic to the sound of The Mountain Goats used in earlier albums and states that the band is not used that effectively in the first place.[7] While other critics say that the change leads to a clearer and more simple sound that adds to John Darnielle's voice creating a more in-depth album.[8] Another criticism of the album is that the album offers nothing new in the growth of the Mountain Goats, that many of the songs have the same rhythmic and lyrical feeling as past albums. The critics argue that because of this lack of innovation within the work that the overall album falls short of expectations but is still enjoyable. This leads to the analysis of the songs themselves where "The Young Thousands" and "Cotton" are singled out as being some of the stronger compositions. "The Young Thousands" is singled out because of its uplifting and powerful tone throughout the song while "Cotton" is discussed because of the beat used and the lyrics.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Darnielle.

No. Title Length
1. "Slow West Vultures" 2:41
2. "Palmcorder Yajna" 4:08
3. "Linda Blair Was Born Innocent" 2:46
4. "Letter from Belgium" 3:11
5. "The Young Thousands" 4:34
6. "Your Belgian Things" 3:49
7. "Mole" 4:32
8. "Home Again Garden Grove" 3:15
9. "All Up the Seething Coast" 3:45
10. "Quito" 2:03
11. "Cotton" 3:25
12. "Against Pollution" 3:43
13. "Pigs That Ran Straightaway into the Water, Triumph Of" 2:52
Total length: 44:45



  1. ^ "We Shall All Be Healed". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather (2004-02-03). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Mountain Goats: We Shall All Be Healed: Pitchfork Record Review". PitchforkMedia.com. 2008-03-12. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  5. ^ "CG: the mountain goats". Robert Christgau. 1983-09-15. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  6. ^ The Mountain Goats [@mountain_goats] (3 October 2016). "@defundpoppunk yeah that was a working title, I forget where I first mentioned it" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ a b Bowers, Williams. "The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  8. ^ Phares, Heather. "The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 

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