Release Date: 2 November 2004
Another crushingly lovely record from Denver's underrated Czars. Goodbye is a gay break-up album in which echoes of Robert Wyatt, Queen, ELO, Flaming Lips, torchsong country and jazz lap around singer John Grant's complex, deeply felt kiss-off. It helps that Grant is blessed with the voice of a sad-eyed angel. The gentle, irresistible gallop of Paint the Moon is the Czars at their most instinctively melodic. Elsewhere, they suggest Robert Wyatt remixed by Timbaland (the title track) and conjure the sepulchral stillness of church music (The Hymn). Goodbye isn't simply a narcotic swoon of melancholy, however: I Am the Man ("... you can't have") and Trash are immensely spiteful.
Consistently inventive, profoundly moving, and never less than gorgeous, Goodbye is staggering. It's high time its creators stopped being Denver's best-kept secret.
- David Peschek, The Guardian (2004)