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Have been on holiday. Views please (sounds pretty duff to me on one listen, but that doesn't count).
I like Scotland's Shame and the Daphne one. Hard to tell on one listen really. I think 'Take me somewhere nice' was the only track to hit me hard first time up and stay with me
looked at them once and they were so bad I couldn't face cringing anymore.
Like that first song a lot though. The rest will need a bit more time.
though no where near as good as the older stuff
pretty much this. some good individual tracks though
to take a bath to, I reckon
It's almost (dare I say it) 'mellow' in places. They're now more Tortoise than Slint, but I love both of those bands so that's ok. Bet the loud bits are louder live though. I quite miss the vocals though I know they've always hated doing them.
from start to finish over the last few weeks and find it their most cohesive record since CODY.
I think my final judgement will have to be reserved until 6 months time but I'm optimistic it'll be an album I return to regularly; like Young Team, CODY, Rock Action and Happy Songs.
Still slightly disappointed that some of Mogwais youthful venom has been removed but that's what age does to you I suppose.
Is ace and has a bit of menace about it. You'll still get the venom if you get to see them live. I think they realised that the 'loud bits' didn't really work on record and were becomning a bit of a cliche. Live they have an almost physical power which you can never get out of the speakers at home. What you can do on record is explore the details and the textures, which the new album does really well. I don't know why the reviews have been a bit uneven I think it is better than 'Mr Beast', up there with 'Happy Songs' and the early stuff.
they've gone and shocked everyone with the directioin again, it's practically minimal the most of the time. it's a stunning album that grows with every listen. sun smells is a terrible song though, the riff is grating and unlistenable :(
and batcat is as good a rock song as you will hear all year.
It's just hard to get excited about. It's shame really, this is the first Mogwai album (Young Team Reissue excepted) that I've failed to get excited about, and although it's pretty good, and I really like The Sun Smells Too Loud, I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead, and a couple of others, it's just not good enough from a band who used to be my absolute favourite. I also can't fathom why Dracula Family wasn't on it, nor was that ridiciulously-titled Stupid Prick... B side, as they're better than a lot of the album. But still, a few winners and filler has become the norm for them as of late, sadly.
Either in your room, in the dark, or out walking at night with headphones on. The Precipice and (the fucking almighty) Batcat are the only truly savage moments on the album, and the band've completely non-plussed their detractors with the mid-section of the album which goes a bit Orbital-with-Guitars in places (and there's nothing wrong with that) and now critics who usually like to slam Mogwai for NOT deviating from their usual instrumentation and dynamics are now bitching about them FOR deviating from their usual instrumentation and dynamics. Which just further cements my belief that bands should make records for themselves, not for the fans and certainly not for the critics because these days you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.
But the album is a quiet, understated little gem, and a good thing after the 'er... let's go a bit metal!' of Mr. Beast. A little too subtle for some, but it has rewards deep in the mix.
The problem is that it sounds so much like a mogwai record (no one honestly thinks they still make quiet bit loud bit records do they? - ten years has passed). The good songs are familiar, with chord progressions we have heard a load of times before. The Pitchfork review is basically the perfect review.
Still don't mind it though, is def growing on me for one.
definitly a headphones one,i listened to it on the train and it was glorious!
some bits are good enough to transcend their sheer 'Mogwai-ness', but at least half the record I just sit there thinking 'what's the point?'. The Quietus review's pretty good as well.
Yeah good review that.
The Sun Smells Too Loud
I Love You, I'm Going to Blow Up Your School
The rest is just standard Mogwai, not pushing themselves, not changing, just churning out the same old chord sequences. And then there's Batcat, which frankly is tuneless bullshit.
Mr. Beast is great. The Hawk is Howling isn't.
it is a damn good album its up there with young team and Happy Songs. If people think this album is weak/poor/shit i urge you to listen to Rock Action and then listen to Hawk again. Nowhere near as shit.
P.S. To guys going on about B-sides being better that album tracks, thats what Mogwai do a lot of there best stuff is B-sides thats why the EP+6 album is second to CODY.