Like Zidane, Mogwai’s second soundtrack is one of their most vital releases in years; a collection of fully realized pieces that could be the closest they’ll come to an unplugged album.
did you just call Hardcore Will Never Die "slightly sterile"?
I don't find it remotely sterile. It positively seethes with passions and personality. I don't think it was intended as an intimate album but it definitely gets right into you.
This soundtrack sounds great. If by "greater sense of intimacy" you mean they are approaching CODY standards of harrowing delicacy then I am very excited indeed. And I was looking forward to this a lot as it was.
Hardcore Will Never Die was pretty dreadful; the first Mogwai LP I couldn't bring myself to buy. Will definitely check this out though. Nice review.
harsh words for the third best album of their career, imo. (after Come On Die Young and Young Team, obvs)
cheesy, dull, complaisant, and lazy. And Mexican Grand Prix is the worst thing they’ve ever done (apart from maybe The Sun Smells Too Loud from The Hawk...)
because The Sun Smells Too Loud is my favourite track from the Hawk. I think Hardcore has hunger, power, emotion. I don't find it obvious or lazy for them as a band, it doesn't sound like anything they've done before. It's not CODY though.
As an aside, HWDBYNW is one of my favourite Mogwai albums, which is a heady bunch.