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GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONS: BBC SESSIONS 1996-2003

Mogwai

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.55 | 9 ratings

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3 stars Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003 is a compilation album by Scottish post rock act Mogwai. The album was released in 2005 and contains sessions recorded for the BBC between 1996 and 2003 as the title also suggests. There are 10 tracks on the album which has a total playing time of 67:00 minutes.

The song selection can always be discussed but the quality of the recordings is very good. Hunted by a Freak opens the album in great style but a song like the 18:32 minute long Like Herod is also a highlight to me. I like it better here than on the original studio version. Superheroes of BMX also stand out as being a different track and a welcome variation on the album. The music is guitar oriented and mostly instrumental post rock. There are vocals on Cody though but not on R U Still in 2 It? which had vocals on the studio version from Young Team (1997).

The musicianship is good. Mogwai have always understood that little is better and they get the full out of the few notes they play.

Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003 is not the best place to start if you´re new to the band as it mostly represents the early years of the band but it is a pretty good compilation of songs by Mogwai and I will give a 3 star rating.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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