Mogwai - Mr. Beast CD (album) cover




Post Rock/Math rock

3.72 | 89 ratings

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4 stars At first I had dismissed MOGWAI as a prog band for people who didn't listen to prog. The music seemed to progress, but with no real purpose. MR BEAST has changed my mind.

It's the same sound and format as before, but refined, and more sophisticated. I always felt that MOGWAI were a mood band, writing music with the goal of creating a certain mood. Here they've done more than this, and each song creates an environment, a world (be it a world of depression) where the music exists alone. The closer, WE'RE NO HERE sums this up, and its onslaught of guitars is heavy in the classical sense - it weights you down. With the short-lived feedback in the final few seconds, this weight is removed, and the music is gone. The most progressive elements for me of MR BEAST were the few minutes of silence I left before listening to any other music, where the previous 43 minutes faded away, like the dull glow of a light as it powers down.

Serious guitar music indeed. For me it may be a little too serious, and there are points where it crosses the boundary between emotive music and a downright depressing feel, but as an album it works far better than any of they're previous work. It's not a masterpiece of progressive rock, but it'll pose a serious problem to MOGWAI if they want one - how to follow it without repeating themselves.

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