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Beast not best.Mogwai make music that really does take you places; they’re the masters of the quiet-loud/quiet-loud school of rock, and live they’re a decibel heavy, bowel-wrenching delight. Glasgow’s fabulous five have positively pulverised and pleasured audiences, and from debut Young Team to the giant Rock Action, they’ve knocked out doubters with quality sonics and songwriting. They do sad, but are never depressing. Mr. Beast, their more piano-heavy fifth LP, is a more straightforward affair than previous works, and as such suffers from predictability. Still loud, but somehow cowed.
Mr Beast by Mogwai, out now on PIAS.
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comment by Magaski Mar 25, 2006If the 70's prog rock band Yes embraced the Punk ethic they'd sound like Mogwai.
Mogwai produce a layered wall of sound that builds and builds. This is a band who aren't looking for pop hooks, instead the listener is assaulted by a building crescendo of chord sequences more suited to an introspective evening in the company of a glass of wine.
Mogwai achieve a resonant noise that is more classical than modern instant pop but bullied into submission with white noise and gorgeous layers of feedback.
Despite the introduction of sparring vocals, Mr.Beast is an album of tunes that ache in the heart.
Lose your mind, love them. Mogwai consistently produce moments of music that defy prediction and resonate with the soul.
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