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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Yes! I am a long way from home (5:58)
2. Like Herod (11:44)
3. Katrien (5:27)
4. Radar Maker (1:38)
5. Tracy (7:22)
6. Summer (priority version) (3:31)
7. With Portfolio (3:13)
8. R U still in 2 it (7:23)
9. A cheery wave from stranded youngsters (2:21)
10. Mogwai Fear Satan (16:17)

Total Time: 64:55

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Line-up / Musicians

- Stuart Braithwaite / guitars, keyboards & percussion
- John Cummings / guitars & piano
- Dominic Aitchison / bass & guitar
- Martin Bulloch / drums

And introducing:
- Barry Burns / flute, guitar & keyboards

Releases information

CD Jetset 7 (1997) / CD Chemikal Underground 018 (1997) / LP Jetset 7 (2001)

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3.51
(78 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
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Good, but non-essential (32%)
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Review by FloydWright
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3 stars It's obvious from Young Team that MOGWAI is a band with talent and ideas-- the album is for the most part a pleasant listen. Probably the greatest highlights, in my opinion, are "Like Herod", "Summer", and "Mogwai Fear Satan". "Like Herod" reminds me of the PINK FLOYD song "Come In Number 51, Your Time is Up" (essentially a reworked, transposed version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene"). Certainly the most innovative on the album is the second half of "With Portfolio", which truly challenges the listener to follow along. Also, I have to say that the ending of "A U still in 2 it" is quite striking. I rather like the effect of the guitar beneath that resonating piano. And finally, can enough possibly be said about "Mogwai Fear Satan"? This is easily the strongest track on the album, even beating out "Like Herod". This track has a flow to it like nothing else on Young Team, and you hardly notice the length of the song, as you never want it to end!

To me, however, MOGWAI's strongest suit (at least, as I've got to know it in Young Team) is its percussion. It seems to me the drummer, who reminds me some of Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, is the one with the most variation in his playing through a song, who really holds together the songs. A prime example is "A cheery wave from stranded youngsters", which has a very intriguing percussion riff. In fact, the counting off at the beginning of this ensures that the listener's attention will be placed upon the percussion, and this is a very smart choice. Other places that benefit from these percussion explosions include "Like Herod" and "Summer". As for the "vocals", I would say the phone conversations work rather well.

However, at times there seems to be something wanting on Young Team-- hence the "in the rough" description. There's something rather dry and distant in the mixing, which at times can diminish songs that otherwise could have been made more hard-hitting. Given the drummer's strength, I would have favored a mix similar to what you hear with classic rock artists like Led Zeppelin or Joe Walsh, which would bring them blasting to the forefront to let them "drive" these songs. This band would benefit from a mixing job a bit more like what SIGUR ROS employs. I also think that a stronger bass tone might have been in order. The other problem is that with the exception of the percussion riffs, many of the songs do not seem to show much evolution from their original riffs. There are very few true solos to grasp on to. In particular, I think that "Radar Maker" demonstrates this problem, as well as "With Portfolio" (until the more innovative section kicks in. And, I'm afraid the vocal attempt in "A U still in 2 it" is less that inspiring in the verses.

I certainly found this album worth keeping and listening to from time to time, but I can't say it will be my most frequent listen, due to the flaws I've pointed out--sometimes by the end it becomes rather tiring to listen to it straight through. Therefore, I cannot really award it more than 3 stars, but I certainly can't go lower, because Young Team does have potential to it. "Mogwai Fear Satan" and "Like Herod", which are exempt from almost every complaint I've made, suggest that there is more to this band.

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Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars Mogwai's debut is certainly one of the better post rock records and it held high promises for the future. Without wanting to be' a party pooper, the least that can be said is that those promises have only been partially filled after nine years. Although Mogwai is a rather normal and conventional post rock group nowadays, at the release of the album, there were serious hints that they would innovate and find their own sound quite quickly! Alas, they chose to follow the route of Constellation Records label's stars GYBE! or DMST instead of trying some thing like Fly Pan Am. But I am reaching too far ahead as this is valid for later Mogwai albums and this is supposed to be a review of Young Team.

This young Scottish band (and this is rather surprising since most post-rock groups are from the new world) was among the first to develop what is now almost considered the standard post rock sound with heavy, sober and dark ambiances. Although the artwork sleeve suggests a Japanese influence, there is not much of the sort on this album - well maybe the title of the opening track, but little else. What sets this debut apart from the usual post-rock production are the few experimental moments such as the track With Portfolio with its bizarre yet appealing doodlings and the presence of sung vocals on a few other tracks. So if their sound still sticks to the average post rock sound, Mogwai will clearly influence also Explosions In The Sky who will copy their real psychey guitar and vocals.

So with Young Team, Mogwai managed a strong debut and raised a few highbrows, but unfortunately to these ears, this is so far their best album (Rock Action is good also) - I admit that I have not heard all of their following albums - but hardly groundbreaking

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Review by Philo
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3 stars Par for the post rock course Young Team is an album packed with a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but being released back in 1997 they were ahead of the pack and being from Scotland quite unique in many respects. There are some truly inspired moments during Young Team where the band and their brand of melancholia is in perfect sympathy but there are times where they simply whack off a few intense riffs of aggression, interspersed with laid back picking, searching through through minor keys for sounds of sadness. The bass heavy "Like Herod" bringing out the good and the average of the band. But at least Mogwai are anything but predictable as the turn many corners, like producing stunning emotions with "Summer (priority version)" before breaking the noise barrier with a collage of aggressive sounds juxtaposed with the subtle piano wail on "With Portfolio". Mogwai, according to legend, set out to make some serious guitar music and they do just that. Their mainly instrumental music is built around the guitar, musically minimalistic, but they take the electric guitar through its paces and trash it through walls of sounds and bring it back down gracefully, yet in a dark place full of emotion and a mellow tone. Much of the narrative and samples within the music went over my head, and Young Team is not the most accessible of albums, but at this early stage Mogwai were crafting something different, original may be too strong a word as they simply tend to stretch out passages and even drone here and there to be that original, but this album is certainly entertaining, progressive, atmospheric and sometimes irritating.

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Posted Friday, March 10, 2006

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars With "Young Team" I'm becoming a bit more disappointed with the genre. I remember the times when freshly discovered GYBE albums seemed to be a revelation for me. Those times are long now. I know the formula - take simple chord progression for bass- guitar, lay two guitars on it and insert drumming. Then throw in there few climaxes and bells on quite places ;) This formula still works, and MOGWAI were among the first bands who discovered it back in 1997. Best track here is certainly the closer - "Mogwai fear Satan" (whatever what the name means). It may have been lasting forever, but it lasts 16 minutes. Beautiful flute, which adds new colours to rather bleak palette of MOGWAI's Post Rock. Recommended if you're genre's fan - it's a Must for you. Not recommended if you're only to discover Post Rock - you may think something like "is this all they can offer?". No, this is NOT all. Look deeper!

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Review by TRoTZ
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3 stars Mainly born in North America, the intricate shimmering textures of minimalistic expressions and grandiose feelings, generally known as post-rock, would definitely settle in Europe and reach a surprisingly massive praise with Mogwai. While adding some vague experimental ideas, their music is almost a reminiscent hymn to Slint, from the thrilling perambulation of "Yes! I am a Long Way from Home" to the particularly evident "Like Herod", almost as if we could take it from "Spiderland" - a sophomore evolution of painfully subtle guitars leading to abrasive chaotic explosions. In "Katrien" we assist even to the narrative effect in the background. It's in "Tracy" that the album reaches its cathartic beauty, here yes something new, a dreamy landscape of guitars and electric piano with a background of distant, felt guitars, a style perhaps opening ideas to the post-rock icons Sigur Rs. Guitars in the depressive "R U Still in 2" evoke Sonic Youth's most subtle passages (while adding the first voices to the album), as in the last track, the 16-minute noise-rock ode "Mogwai Fear Satan", one of the finest, with traces of evolving beauty found with the add of an ethereally-played flute.

Not the revolution or the most impressive moving feeling found in post-rock, but still, with its sparse unique details and quite achieved sensibility, a charismatic post-rock album. Between good and excellent addition.

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Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
3 stars This album kind of annoys me, and so does the band really. Lots of potential, very little of it realized as near as I can tell. This is one of the post-rock bands I got into coming off the high of GYBE and Bark Psychosis, and I thought ‘Happy Songs for Happy People’ had its moments but really, far too few of them.

This one isn’t even as good as that. But true to the form of so many post-rock bands, Mogwai deliver a couple of gems floating in a pool of mediocrity. “Like Herod” and “Mogwai Fear Satan” are both lengthy instrumental works with alternating lulls and fuzz- laden, crashing crescendos that can really set you on edge in the right environment. “Like Herod” has some of the same characteristics as some of the last few A Silver Mt Zion albums, which of course came out well after this one but were in no way influenced by Mogwai. The almost psychedelic, long guitar sustains that sometimes rise up to a crashing thunder, but just as often seem to fade away due to lack of interest. At least Silver Mt Zion has strings to keep your ears and mind engaged when Menuk gets bored – there’s nothing here when that happens except for the occasional percussive noodling.

“Mogwai Fear Satan” is another story. There doesn’t seem to be much of a letdown for the entire sixteen-plus minutes, and even when the guitars kick back into spaced-out mode the drums and flute keep the tension of this emotional fire-starter moving along. The lengthy fuzzed crescendos, if you can call them that – maybe ‘flights’ is a better word, are impressive and full of passion, unlike most of the rest of the album. I’m not really clear on the intent of this song (if there is one), but I’m left feeling rather pissed off every time I listen to it, so if that was the goal then – mission accomplished.

The rest of the album is very spotty to say the least. “Katrien” shows some early promise but drops off into nothingness just when the mood starts to jell. The same goes for “Summer” really, which has an almost identical feedback passage early on and late in the song, almost as if the band recorded the first couple minutes and then just mixed another copy of that on the end. “Radar Maker” is an ambient kind of thing that sounds very much like something that came out of an eighties Brian Eno studio session, and the essence of “Tracy” escapes me altogether.

On the other hand “With Portfolio” is a bit of a stretch for the band, mixing sonic feedback with some sort of recorded industrial sounds for a great quadraphonic head rush if you have a good home stereo system to enjoy it on. On headphones it doesn’t quite have the same effect though, and the first time I heard it on mine I kept checking for a short on the chord.

“R U Still in 2 It?” is probably the weirdest tune here, with spacey vocals that crop up at the strangest times, and a persistent guitar riff that sounds as if the guy playing it is stoned and just enjoys hearing himself repeat the same thing over and over and over and…

Finally, “A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters” has some eerie piano – not sure what sort of digital effects mixer the band ran that track through, but it is unusual at least. Too bad this one wasn’t fleshed out a bit more – two minutes is not much to develop a thought in the post-rock world.

A decent album I suppose, but I’m rather underwhelmed by these guys and their surprising inconsistency. This thing is going to get three stars just for “Mogwai Fear Satan”, but would have been more if the weaker tracks would have been developed a bit more.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This one took me a while to really get into but now that I do like it i'm not sure why the attraction wasn't instant. I particularly like the mellower passages, especially the added flute that couldn't be better as far as i'm concered. And the band seems to constantly developing soundscapes on this record as they slowly build only to eventually crash or recede.

"Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home" opens with someone speaking for a minute before a laid back melody arrives. It starts to build 3 1/2 minutes in and the sound is quickly full 4 minutes in. It sounds great ! The song ends with someone speaking. "Like Herod" is still somewhat laid back but heavier. The bass is good. It quietens down almost to a whisper when bang ! At 3 minutes it explodes violently. This contrast happens a couple of more times. I actually was bracing myself for it the last time it happened. Haha. "Katrien" features a person speaking while the soundscape is building. 1 1/2 minutes in we are really cooking ! There is such a good rhythm 4 minutes in. Nice. "Radar Maker" is made up of reserved piano melodies. "Tracy" opens with the sound of two guys talking on the phone to each other. This is another favourite as the beautiful soundscapes build slowly. The song ends with the same two guys on the phone talking. "Summer (Priority Version)" has some good bass, with a powerful soundscape a minute in that is contrasted with the mellow sections. "With Portfolio" has some slowly played piano to begin with as various spacey sounds in the background build until that is all you hear. This is loud. That was different. "R U Still In 2 It" features gently played guitar as words are spoken. The sound is building. We get actual singing as the song settles back down. By the way Aiden Moffat is the guest vocalist and Shona Brown is the guest flute player.

"A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters" is a catchy yet reserved tune.The piano is dark on this the shortest song on the record. No time to build in this one. "Mogwai Fear Satan" in contrast is the longest track at over 16 minutes. This is my favourite song on the album. The first ten minutes feature powerful melodies with fantastic drumming and ripping guitar. These are contrasted with the pastoral sections that include those beautiful flute melodies. If the first ten minutes are incredible, and they are, then you have to check out the final 6 minutes. I can't tell you how much I love this final passage. Even though it's repetitive and lasts for 6 minutes it could be twice that long and i'd be even happier. Yeah, i'm a Krautrock fan and as long as it sounds this good I say "keep playing it". The flute is again heavenly as are the guitars and drums. It's this final song with the fantastic drumming that makes me wonder if these guys are Krautrock fans.

I know i'm a MOGWAI fan and this is a must-have in my mind.

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Posted Saturday, September 22, 2007

Review by The T
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4 stars I certainly don't agree with giving value to albums just because they're groundbreaking or revolutionary. While that of course adds to the importance of a record, innovation doesn't necessarily equal enjoyment in my view. And as my beliefs go, music is made first to entertain me, then to amaze me with its intricacies.

MOGWAI's first album, "Young Team", has received many strong ratings just for its very original sound. On the other hand, subsequent albums by the same band have received lesser ratings just because they weren't innovative-enough to match what the Scottish did here.

True, this album must have made a decent impact back when it was released, just like other post-rock debuts of the time like GY!BE. That new wave of rock music inspired a genre that has given me more than a minor headache to come to appreciate, due to its self-indulgence and its love for repetition and mindless noddling. But it has been precisely MOGWAI the band that has managed to break free of that problem and become, without a doubt, my favorite post-rock band (incredibly, this is my fifth MOGWAI review, and there's one more coming). The preference for shorter songs have really made a difference here.

This was MOGWAI's first, but not best, album. I still think "Mr. Beast" or "Happy Songs for Happy People" are slight better than "Young Team", even though both of those are still not perfect. In "Young Team" I hear a lot of potential in songs (not really songs, this are instrumental tracks after all) like "Yes! I Am a long way from home" and "Like Herod". The typical mid-tempo, crescendo-based dynamics of MOGWAI's rather sad (or I'd say sad-ish, this is not really sad) music is here. But the middle section of the record tends to become less brilliant, with some weaker moments like "With Portfolio". "R U still in 2 it" features vocals, though they're mostly spoken, and it's a welcome refreshment after the weakest passages in the album. The record, though, ends with two fantastic tracks: the very short "A cheery wave from stranded youngsters", which despite its ridiculous title is surprisingly magical and even captivating, and "Mogwai fear Satan", which at the beginning sounds like U2 and then erupts into a wild celebration of chaos and loneliness.

The rating I would give this album if possible is 3.5 stars. As I can't do it, I'll give it 4 stars, rounding-up because of the innovation factor that, while not decisive, as I said in the beginning, is still an important reason for newcomers to go and purchase this very good recording.

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Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Young Team is the debut studio album from post rock act Mogwai. Released in 1997 Young Team is one of the defining albums in the genre.

The music is largely instrumental ( except for a bit of talking here and there) and the instrumentation is generally very minimalistic. Drums, Guitar, bass and occasional piano/ keyboard/ flute. Most songs are build around a single or two riffs and not much happens if your focus is on technical and challenging playing. The emphasis is on atmosphere and the dynamics in the music. Sometimes the playing is really quiet and sometimes its really loud and noisy. Like Herod is a good example. My favorite is probably the ambient and mellow Tracy as it is a bit different from the rest of the songs on the album. There are a few long songs on the album the 11:44 minute long Like Herod and the 16:17 minute long Mogwai Fear Satan but the other songs are between 1 and 7 minutes which suits me better. The longer songs quickly gets too repetitive and boring.

The musicianship is good even though nothing here really stands out as challenging or special in my ears.

The production is clear, warm and pleasant.

Young Team is not really an album that suits my taste. Im way too busy and this music is generally way too repetitive and longdrawn with emphasis on atmosphere instead of interesting playing. If I want to hear something that fits that description I listen to music like Nosound. Mogwais music lacks the ability to grap me emotionally and as such ʹm left with a feeling of indiffence after listening to Young Team. Ill give Young Team this much. This is quality music. Well written and performed and because of these qualities Ill rate Young Team 3 SMALL stars. To anyone with my taste in music this is not very recommendable though.

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Posted Friday, November 14, 2008

Review by Sinusoid
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3 stars There isn't that much on here that really impressed me, but Mogwai pulls out a good number when I'm really looking for one. The overall sound is essentially droning guitars and crashing percussion with some keyboard excursions for good measure. Unfortunately, the bass, while present, doesn't really impact the sound.

The two longer songs will give many progsters a curious feeling, but both are one-idea extensions with little in terms of variety. That being stated, they can entice the listener's inner dreamer to go mind exploring. ''Like Herod'' is my easy pick for the album's top track because the dynamics are brilliant; it's quiet for some time before a metallicised explosion. And this is about six years before the Mars Volta started doing this. ''Mogwai Fear Satan'' sounds promising, but is essentially an indie-jangle pop song with sixteen minutes of run-time and occasional noisy moments.

The rest of YOUNG TEAM is a batch of shorter songs that don't have the nuances of the longer songs. ''Katrien'', ''Tracy'' and ''R U Still In 2 It'' are duller than dirt, the last one especially not doing the trick no thanks to the hideously mediocre vocals. ''With Portfolio'' could have been a highlight with a piano performance reminiscent of Hawkwind's ''One Time'' (DOREMI FASOL LATIDO), but it ends with the worst channel pinging ever. I know it's experimental, but it gives me a massive headache.

Songs like the opener and ''A Cheery Wave...'' are very good...when I'm actually listening to them. As impressive as YOUNG TEAM is, I can never enjoy the album unless I listen to it. Once I put it down, I don't have strong feelings for it (that was a little weird, no?). Impressive in practice, anonymous in theory, there isn't enough of an ''IT'' factor for me to feel for this album.

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Posted Friday, October 29, 2010

Review by zravkapt
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3 stars Mogwai are a post-rock band from Scotland. When this debut album came out, they were one of the few post-rock bands from the UK not based in London. They take their name from the Cantonese word for "devil". Many of the original post-rock bands had a fairly unique sound, but it seems Mogwai and GYBE were the most influential on later post-rock bands. Both at this time employed lots of vocal samples, but both would later abandon them.

"Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home" begins with a speech from a Scottish woman. The bass playing reminds me of Jane's Addiction. When the loud guitars come in it reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins. Backwards talking and laughing at the end. "Like Herod" starts off quiet with a good bass line. The drums drop out. Just before 3 minutes it gets really loud. It then goes through loud/quiet/loud sections. Mogwai were one of the pioneers of the quiet/loud building crescendos thing in post-rock. It wasn't long before this became very cliche in this genre.

"Tracy" starts with atmospheric guitars and talking. Later some nice vibes playing in unison with guitar. More talking later on. The version of "Summer" here, subtitled "Priority Version", is not as good as the one on the Ten Rapid collection. "With Portfolio" begins with piano. Then it becomes a stereo experiment with sound effects. "R U Still In 2 It" has a title that you would find on a Prince album. Almost a ballad. Starts with tremolo guitar and a spoken voice saying the title. Later actual singing and some Jane's style bass playing. Some more talking. Later piano.

"Mogwai Fear Satan" is the longest and best song on the album. Good drumming here. Mainly built around quiet/loud dynamics. The flute during the quiet parts is a nice touch. Some military style drumming near the end with varispeeded guitar effects. Overall, this was influential and too much post-rock of the past ten years sounds very similar. I don't think this is very essential. I think their 2003 album Happy Songs For Happy People would make a better starting point for most prog fans. Young Team gets 3 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Review by EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars 8/10

"Young Team" is a sonic trip that is like no other: an essential Post-Rock recording.

When Post-Rock is mentioned, different people think different things: some might relate it to the dreamy Sigur Ros, more "intellectual" ones will think about Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the ones that like it heavier might associate immediately with Math Rock acts such as Don Caballero, and people who live for classic rock music think of Slint. Usually, the more indie/alternative guy would go for Mogwai, possibly the Post-Rock band that is the ideal band of such kind of music, and it's mostly because of their debut album, "Young Team", which is sadly the only one that is really acclaimed, while everything else they did was and is extremely underrated. However, Mogwai still seem to be on the tip of everyone's tongue, always.

"Young Team" is for Post-Rock an important album, being one of the earliest (1997), the same year as "F#A#Infinity". It is important because it showed what post-rock should be and is: creating atmosphere and non rock textures with typical rock instruments, using tremolo guitar, samples, and (almost) no vocals. Mogwai in particular though is much more concentrated on the guitar, alternating slow, clean moments with distorted walls of sound. Mogwai makes beauty and violence collide in a way that was never played before in the history of music, despite some Slint influences here and there. They also use a great amount of samples, accompanied by slow guitars, giving an interesting and unique atmosphere that like I said was pretty much new at the time. Of course, this album has also tons of variety in sounds; along we find piano, flutes, and a decent amount of electronics, a lot of experimentations with guitar sounds, as well as some delicate vocals by guest musicians. But the music of Mogwai feels so complete without the vocals, thus I guarantee nobody will miss them when they aren't around, as a matter of fact, they aren't really that memorable.

"Young Team" feels like one, long piece of music, instead of ten separate tracks, a sonic trip that is like no other, unique and innovative in its structure. No clear melodies, just concrete atmosphere, that tells so many more stories than a band with actual lyrics. Themes are centered a lot on urban life, living in solitude and sadness even when among civilization, but the shimmering beauty of some moments are little drops of hope poured by the little, unknown people who live their lives one day after another without really living. It is a quite complex trip the one Mogwai presents with their debut, but as you fall in it, you drown, gracefully, and come back breathing only after it's entire 64 minutes.

Songs like "Mogwai Fear Satan", arguably the best Mogwai song ever, the everlasting cliffhanging "Like Herod", the beautifully executed "Tracy", the relaxing intro of the album "Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home", and many others are landmark songs for any Post- Rock enthusiast, even the minor songs, and even the ones that maybe turn me off just a little bit, are full of effective and credible emotion, something that isn't easy to forget.

An album that is absolutely essential for any Post-Rock fan, one of those albums that defined the genre as it is today, along with those other bands we constantly hear about. If you want to feel chills, walls of sound, cleanness, and spacey tunes all in one album, this classic is for you.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars An intriguing piece which became vastly influential within the post-rock scene, Mogwai's Young Team is not one for those who like their music to be neat and tidy; like much post-rock, the music here is ragged and sprawls out like a landscape for the listener to explore. Mostly steering away from actual lyrics, aside from a mumbled plea to absent friends to come out for one last drink in R U Still In 2 It, the album explores moody, brooding soundscapes which occasionally erupt into fury, as on the exceptional Like Herod.

Like other foundational works of post-rock such as Talk Talk's final two albums and the debut by Bark Psychosis, the album seems to be composed in such a way as to resemble a collection of found sounds as opposed to conventional songs, and here that approach creates a compelling sonic universe all of its own - and that, at its heart, is the goal of much post-rock which follows on from it.

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4 stars Mogwai was one of the first band to use the "quiet buildup to loud climax" technique favored by many modern post rock bands, and Young Team's Like Herod is pretty much the perfect example of this. The angry, violent explosive fury of the loud parts is awe-inspiring. The other feature track is the ... (read more)

Report this review (#275128) | Posted by Neurotarkus | Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars While , in many ways, this release is on the same level as HSHP, this album has a much darker and evil tone to it. This is still a brilliant album, but not as emotional. Though many tracks on here do creat beautiful soundscapes, and come in crystal clear, this album still can't really match up ... (read more)

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5 stars This is really a disc which you should buy, and not listen to on mp3. The stand-out songs like "Like Herod" and "Mogwai Fear Satan" become all the more powerful that way. The eruptions during some of the songs are really gorgeous, and the slower songs like "Tracy" are really extremely nice to ... (read more)

Report this review (#63548) | Posted by the scientist | Saturday, January 07, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars MOGWAI's first full-length album. There are several stellar tracks on this disc, starting with the opener, "Yes! I am a Long Way from Home." "Katrien" and the short "A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters" are also great tracks. Nothing, however, prepares you for the gradeur of the 16+ "Mog ... (read more)

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