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All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
Goat isn't a band, it's the name of an eclectic singer/songwriter/musician hailing from New York. His 1998 mildly funky debut for Columbia's Ruffhouse imprint, Great Life, features the artist winding through some post-disco romps laced with loops-a-plenty and sometimes strange, sometimes pallid soul vocals. Things kick off with a repetitive INXS vibe on the record's title cut, that, while sonically interesting, seems to go nowhere with it's indiscernible structure and densely static production. Something about the staid but glossy tone of Great Life and Goat's confusing vocal delivery force this disc into a strange holding pattern from which it cannot liberate itself. ...
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All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
Goat isn't a band, it's the name of an eclectic singer/songwriter/musician hailing from New York. His 1998 mildly funky debut for Columbia's Ruffhouse imprint, Great Life, features the artist winding through some post-disco romps laced with loops-a-plenty and sometimes strange, sometimes pallid soul vocals. Things kick off with a repetitive INXS vibe on the record's title cut, that, while sonically interesting, seems to go nowhere with it's indiscernible structure and densely static production. Something about the staid but glossy tone of Great Life and Goat's confusing vocal delivery force this disc into a strange holding pattern from which it cannot liberate itself. While there are some stylish grooves, they are generally in support of songs that just sit there. Making matters a little worse is Goat's limited half-spoken vocal range that's tragically punctuated with a hapless faux-soul falsetto that sounds more like goofy outtakes than a serious attempt at singing. At no point on Great Life does the singer prove he can hold a note, which is okay, but the problem is that he tries to do it way too frequently on songs like "Tenderness and Full Brutality." Goat is a talented, clever artist who seems unaware of his own limitations, and Great Life is the mixed testimony to the confusing music that these factors inevitably will contribute to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646945223
  • Catalog Number: 69452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Great Life (3:52)
  2. 2 Free (3:36)
  3. 3 I Will Fly (3:38)
  4. 4 Mercenary Lover (3:38)
  5. 5 Tenderness and Full Brutality (4:46)
  6. 6 Boom Boom (4:22)
  7. 7 9000. 99 (4:53)
  8. 8 Baby's on Fire (4:22)
  9. 9 Lot on My Mind (3:56)
  10. 10 I'll Be Good (3:43)
  11. 11 Goatboy (4:32)
  12. 12 Great Life (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Goat Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Gamelan
Chris Whitley Guitar, Background Vocals
Danny Madden Background Vocals
Leroy Clouden Drums
Roger Greenawalt Guitar
Jared Michael Nickerson Bass, Percussion
Phil "Wif Skill" Nowlan Guitar
Van Romaine Percussion, Drums
Arty Skye Background Vocals
Michael Visceglia Bass
George Javori Drums
Dougie Yowells Drums
Technical Credits
John Carr Art Direction
Craig Derry Arranger
Roger Greenawalt Programming, Producer
Joe Nicolo Producer
Phil Nicolo Producer
Phil "Wif Skill" Nowlan Producer
David Sussman Engineer
Dante de Sole Producer
Tony Mangurian Producer
Dirk Grobelny Engineer
Scott Hollingsworth Engineer
Manny Lecouna Mastering
Goat Producer
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