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Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling CD (album) cover




Post Rock/Math rock

3.78 | 87 ratings

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3 stars The Hawk is Howling is the sixth full-length studio album by Scottish post rock act Mogwai. Thatīs if you donīt count the soundtrack album Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait (2006) which was released after the bandīs fifth album Mr. Beast (2006).

The music on The Hawk is Howling continues the now signature instrumental post rock sound that the band is known for. Itīs mostly guitar driven ( there are piano and organ in the music too though), repetitive ( in a good building way) and quite melodic. Thereīs a few songs ( Batcat and The Precipice) which are close to post metal on the album. Distorted and a bit more noisy than the usual Mogwai track but most songs on the album are mellow and melodic.

The musicianship is excellent. Mogwai understand the importance of dynamics in music and they use both mellow and low volume parts as well as noisy distorted parts to great effect. This is not complex music but itīs played with great conviction.

The production is a bit more organic and bass heavy than on the predecessors from the band. Itīs a good and professional sound.

The Hawk is Howling is a good album by Mogwai and for fans of the band this is of course a must have album. I wouldnīt recommend new fans of the band to start here though ( If I was new to the band I would start with Happy Songs for Happy People (2003)). Not because this is a bad album but more because everything that Mogwai does on The Hawk is Howling has been done better before on previous albums by the band. This one is a bit on the safe side IMO but still deserving a BIG 3 star rating. I do hope theyīll try something new and more innovative on the next release though.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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