In 2005, John Darnielle
released The Sunset Tree
. The Mountain Goats made their first big break this year, with their single This Year
. They began to have some minor airplay on some folk-rock
radio stations. The Sunset Tree was a concept album
- a story about Darnielle's abusive stepfather
. It is considered on of the most melancholy Mountain Goats albums: particuarly the song Song For Dennis Brown
The Mountain Goats also have the tradition of continuity in their music, even throught albums. They have a series af songs that begin with alpha, which is a continuing story of a couple. They also have songs that start with Going to..., which describe the moods of certain places.