We Shall All Be Sober

Upon first listening to The Mountain Goats’ We Shall All Be Healed I was struck by the almost complete lack of any mention of alcohol – the only reference is to a man who “worked in a liquor store.”  The juice of the grape and the grain have figured prominently in Darnielle’s oeuvre, and its consumption was the favored activity of the benighted Alpha Couple, consumption so prodigious that their livers seemed unable to survive a single song, let alone the dozen albums through which they were forced to suffer.  Why the mainstream media has not pounced on this development baffles me.

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