Mew - Half the World Is Watching Me CD (album) cover




Crossover Prog

2.69 | 11 ratings

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2 stars "Half the World Is Watching Me" (HtWIWM) contains a handfuld of tunes that were rearranged and rerecorded for their breakthrough album "Frengers" - namely "Am I Wry? No", "Her voice Is Beyond Her Years", "156", "Symmetry", and "Comforting Sounds", and while the HtWIWM-versions are interesting, I do think that the "Frengers" are better. The remaining tunes "Mica", "Saliva" amd "King Christian" are straightforward pop songs - not that that's a bad thing - "Mica" is actually pretty good.

There are some proggy moments on HtWIWM. The opening track "Am I Wry? No" contains a watlz 3/4 with a string ensemble and athmospheric keyboards, and the opening to"156", which is not included in the "Frengers" -version of the song, is so truly weird that it's beyond description. "Comforting Sounds" is pretty a boleroesque, starting out very minimalistically and gradually developing into a symphonic epic.

HtWIWM is interesting in the perspective of the bands' history and development, and more of a token of interest to the fan. After all, much better versions of the majority of tunes on HtWIWM are found on "Frengers".

Time Signature | 2/5 |


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