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3.33 | 38 ratings

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3 stars Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait is not really the sixth full-lenth studio album by Scottish post rock artist Mogwai. It´s actually a soundtrack album put together within a short timespan on request by artist and film maker Douglas Gordon for his documentary film about French football legend Zinedine Zidane called Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle. The album mostly consists of new songs but a few re-worked and re-recorded songs from previous releases by Mogwai has also found their way unto the album.

The music on Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait does not feel like a natural successor to Mr. Beast (2006). This sounds more like an album released after Come on Die Young (1999). The music is generally more mellow, repetitive, atmospheric and with a more improvised feel than what we´ve gotten used to with the three preceeding albums Rock Action (2001), Happy Songs for Happy People (2003) and Mr. Beast. Pleasant guitar driven post rock with added piano and organ which is great for the variation is still the style on this album though. There are 10 regular tracks on the album but after the last track Black Spider 2 ends there are a few minutes of silence before a 20 minute ambient drone starts. An unneccesary hidden track if you ask me but some people might enjoy it.

The musicianship is excellent. At this point in their career Mogwai is a well oiled engine.

The production is excellent. A really pleasant and clean sound.

If you normally like Mogwai´s music there´s a good chance you´ll enjoy this album too but I wouldn´t recommend newcomers to start here. It´s a good album and well deserving a BIG 3 star rating, but I do prefer the three more structured predecessors.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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