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Just got this. Good eh?
But the opening track sounds brilliant on first listen.
It sounds massive!
Looking forward to how it pans out live!
really good, can't wait till tomorrow!
annoyed I can't see both Agalloch and Mono tonight but the former was always going to win
why no mention on Everlasting Light though? it is incredible and deserves a mention surely?
but the new stuff they played @ Sheffield Corporation was just MASSIVE. So HUGE it simply DEMANDS CAPITAL LETTERS.
so looking forward to tonight.
but hasn't arrived yet. Had to miss them in Glasgow on Monday due to having an exam at college that night. Looking forward to album arriving
DiS review coming tomorrow. well, im writing it tomorrow. dunno whether it will go up then, or at all. you get the idea though, right?
I just cannot get into it. Gone are the intricate, lonely guitar parts - replaced with overblown orchestral noise that contain neither melody nor emotion. No single track is memorable or a stand out.
I am surprised by the favourable reviews it's had so far bigging it up as their seminal masterpiece. It is easily my least favourite Mono record.
I have a (slim) hope that their show tonight will make everything slot into place and I will backtrack from this opinion. But I'm not holding my breath.
the melodies in the final five minutes of the first two tracks are staggering. maybe they are a bit lost in noise but thats only because of Albini's shitty production
His hands-off approach is way best for a band like Mono IMHO. Stops it getting too gooey.
i'll have to disagree there..
Any signature sound comes through Shellac rather than anything else he's done. He engineers, rather than adds to a band's existing template. I think the Mono album, while laced with its share of strings, generally isn't flattened by over-egged cramming and compression... and that's Albini's forte.
...records, not produces, innit. hence it's all about capturing the band how they really sound, supposedly, right? ultimate indie-rock geek-out argument ahoy!
it seems a bit directionless and a little too familiar. I thought You Are There really expanded on the sound of 'Walking Cloud...', but i don't think this album does much to develop the band any further. It's certainly not as grandiose as i was expecting it to be.
However, that said, formulaic Mono is still good Mono regardless, and this album is decent.
where do I start with Mono?
my favourite is Under The Pipal Tree, but you'd be equally best off starting with You Are There, most of their catalogue are not vastly different to each other. I've only given the new one a single listen so far and on that inital foray wasn't overly impressed, but their albums take more than one listen to get really into, I will be delving deeper this weekend.
You Are There
Under The Pipal Tree
One Step More And You Die
Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
I'll try and get hold of You Are There.
I like it too but I didn't think it was their best to start with, I find it's the one of theirs I listen to the least though, but hey, diff'rent strokes etc.
the album is probably their worst, i just meant the track itself
the album isn't bad either..."Black Rain" is one of their best songs imo
but yeah, go with You Are There or just download Halcyon...then just do what feels natural because after hearing said material, your soul will be theirs forever :)
here's my rather pithy review
there are some truly overpowering moments on it.
i will concede that some songs do suffer for their "classicalness" - meaning the massive emphasis on the fact that they've employed a 30 piece orchestra might over shadow the fact that (i think) they're better just the four of them balls out destroying our collective ears
that said, HTTIW is still one of the best albums i've heard in a few years if not just for the initial "wow" factor
A few years ago I would have lapped it up though.
They need to change the formula a bit i think.
You Are There had it's moment but it was far too similar to the rest of their catalog. This seems to suffer from the same problem.