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FRENGERS

Mew

 

Crossover Prog

3.83 | 47 ratings

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Cool Top
5 stars It's hard not to gush about Frengers. I was hooked from the first spin and there's never a time I can't come back to such a consistently good tracklist.

Frengers is the second Mew album I got my hands on. I wasn't completely enthralled with Triumph for Man but there were some excellent tunes there so I gave them a second chance. Goodness, am I thankful I did. Frengers is the definitive Mew experience and after hearing everything up to their recent 2009 No More Stories I can say without hesitation that my statement still stands.

I would compare Mew to another band, but I honestly can't think of anyone that sounds similar. They are in a genre of their own. A bit shoegazey and a bit spacey, but hard to define. In a recent interview, Bo mentioned that they just make pop, but in a slightly different way. I guess that's good enough.

There isn't a moment of displeasure from the second you start the album. The album takes a very small dip with Symmetry leaving you a little disappointed after the quality of the first three tracks. It sure does pick back up though, with each song besting the last all leading up to the bombastic finale Comforting Sounds, a song that deserves special mention.

Any fan of Mew should claim Comforting Sounds to be their best song. Anything else is wrong, period. Everything good about Mew is epitomized in the most worthwhile 9 minutes of music. A slow, brooding start showcasing Jonas' strangely beautiful, high-pitched voice leads you in. Four minutes later it blasts you in the face with a loud, emotional charge as Jonas' lyrics turn to unintelligible howls that soar across the music. A shattering finale, and then it ends. You're left in awe. A supreme finish to an excellent album.

It's hard for me to truly pick my absolute favorite album, but Frengers is a clear contender. This is probably the closest music can get to perfection.

Cool Top | 5/5 |

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