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ROCK ACTION

Mogwai

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.42 | 79 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!!!

Yet another post rock group, taking inspiration on the groundbreaking Tortoise and Constellation label GYBE! and DMST, Mogwai is just content on this release to follow suit in a poker game and not bring anything new or daring. Rather oddly though, there are sung songs in a rather off-voice that never seem to rise to the occasion of upping the ante for superior interest of the game. There are moments that are on the brink of ecstasy such as the fifth track You Don't Know Jesus (nothing that GYBE! has not achieved a few years before, though) and the tension is maintained for a few minutes to almost unbearable levels, but alas orgasm do not come. Vocals in the form of Nirvana's Cobain screams of despair or Water's yells in Careful With That Axe, would've achieved that poker hand they should've dared for!!! A huge opportunity wasted. The added banjo on the second last track is worthy of note and worth a smirk too!

Most likely by the end of the night and by not taking any risks, Mogwai will certainly not come up on the losing end of the scale, but they will not astound or blind you with their rather pale brilliance. Interesting but simply getting lost in the mass of post-rock albums. Certainly worth a spin if you enjoy post-rock but not a royal flush or even a full house!

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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