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Post Rock/Math rock

3.77 | 136 ratings

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2 stars Post rock is a genre of loose boundries. Boundries that can be pushed, passed, broken, jumped over and dug under; Mono does none of these.

Some archtypical traits of the genre are tremolo picking, string arrangements, long ambient songs with a climax towards the end.... and with that description of post rock I just summed up Mono's Hymn to the immortal wind. The guitars are almost constantly tremolo picking, only two of the seven songs are under ten minutes long, and there are moody and (in my opinion) overdone string sections throughout the entire album. Granted this group is one of the few post rock greats that I've always had trouble getting into, but neither this album or the previous have ever clicked with me, but where the rest of the post rock society sees "meloncholic beauty", I see the same the same overdone formula thats literally killing this type of music.

It may be a personal problem, and I may just have a heart of stone that cant find the inner beauty of this album, but that doesnt help the fact that I find it quite mediocre. I love Mogwai, Explosions, and Godspeed, but Mono is the one in the tier that seems to disappoint for me.

Dim | 2/5 |


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