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Mogwai - Happy Songs For Happy People CD (album) cover




Post Rock/Math rock

3.91 | 189 ratings

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5 stars Wow! This album was my introduction to Mogwai and one of the albums that introduced me into the world of post-rock. It's a really brilliant piece of work.

What I've discovered listening to this album is that there is a general philosophy on the cd. Almost every song is a continuing progression. They take one simple idea and work with it for several minutes not by filling in with similar melodies but by adding more space and power to the sound of the same melody. After a while you get the impression that this endless crescendo can't grow any more but Mogwai will prove you're wrong. It's like starting to build a house, brick by brick and ending up having a skyscraper. When the skyscraper is finally completed they start taking off the bricks, still gradually, but this time much quicker than before, leaving you to the point where the song started. This decrescendo is so carefully done that you don't really realize when or how this transition happened.

They show you that sometimes less is more. Emotional, magical, captivating, depressing and mellow are a few words that can describe this album. The title is strange and almost ironical but what comes to make it even more odd is the way the album ends. In the end of the last song, while the music fades out, the music from a cartoon, characterized by its black humour, named "Happy tree friends" appears. I recommend this album to everyone. It surely not please everyone but it's an amazing album to introduce you to this genre. Masterpiece!

sularetal | 5/5 |


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