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Mogwai Les Revenants (OST) album cover
3.69 | 32 ratings | 4 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hungry Face (2:24)
2. Jaguar (2:21)
3. The Huts (4:02)
4. Kill Jester (3:29)
5. This Messiah Needs Watching (4:37)
6. Whisky Time (1:39)
7. Special N (3:49)
8. Relative Hysteria (3:40)
9. Fridge Magic (3:22)
10. Portugal (4:01)
11. Eagle Tax (3:21)
12. Modern (2:48)
13. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? (5:52)
14. Wizard Motor (4:41)

Total Time: 50:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Stuart Braithwaite / guitar
- John Cummings / guitar
- Barry Burns / guitar, keyboards
- Dominic Aitchison / bass
- Martin Bulloch / drums

- Sonia Cromarty / cello

Releases information

Original Soundtrack from the channel 4 series "The Returned", a series created by Fabrice Gobert (French original "Les Revenants")

Artwork: DLT

LP Rock Action Records - ROCKACT74LP (2013, UK)

CD Rock Action Records - ROCKACT74CD (2013, UK & Europe)

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MOGWAI Les Revenants (OST) ratings distribution

(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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MOGWAI Les Revenants (OST) reviews

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Review by richardh
4 stars Its important to note that I know nothing about this band other than this album. I came across this when watching the brilliant French TV series for which this is the soundtrack. For those who don't know it's about people coming back from the dead although not in some Zombie apocalypse scenario but rather in a more standard drama. Its weird and played dead (excuse the pun) straight in typical French dead pan(oh sorry again) style. Slow atmospheric creepy and totally absorbing. And that basically describes the music. Its slow melodic and full of subtle melodies. No long tracks and no massive flourishes instrumentally. Each track is beautifully structured although I couldn't name a stand out piece. I suppose this could almost be seen as the commercial end of post rock but that would be to do it a disservice. How does it stand up against their other releases? Absolutely no idea as said before. That will be for someone else to judge.
Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
4 stars The TV show wasn't a masterpiece, the plot had a huge number of logical faults and the authors didn't have any idea of how to explain it, so a lot of things remained unexplained and incomplete. But the atmosphere of that French village on the alps, with people coming back from death and resurrecting several times and a number of related misteries was able to keep you sit in front of the TV.

Well, one of the reasons is that the music composed by MOGWAI was perfectly fitting in that atmosphere. It was so integrated that I can't imagine watching it with a different soundtrack. In example, the Americans, maybe Netflix tried a remake, but unfortunately the actors were "standardized" to the American style and the soundtrack...well I don't think I resisted more than 15 minutes to the whole.

So back to Mogwai: this was not a horror movie even though there's a thrilling atmosphere, and the musical comment is not that of a horror movie, but it's like a light nightmare. The music can show all the dark side of the story, which include serial killers, religious fanatics, alchoolist parents, almost all the possible dark aspects of the human nature, but there's some melancholy, sense of wonder, so a number of sensation that the music is able to create, not just comment.

I don't know if I would have appreciated the movie without that music and vice versa. Keeping the two things separated isn't easy. I can say that I enjoy listening to the album "alone". All the tracks, except one, are instrumental, slow, atmospheric and dark but not too much. The non-instrumental track is a sort of slow country melodic song in the vein of Roger WATERS solo stuff, but without him screaming as usual.

I actually heard the Mogwai debut only, and I didn't like much. This TV stuff had the merit of making me appreciate their music and their other works. (I still don't like the debut, anyway).

So I don't know if I'm suggesting/reviewing the album or the movie. let's say both. The story is inconsistent, but the atmosphere and the OST are great.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I haven't seen the series but judging by the album cover, I was expecting some dark music. The expectation didn't disappoint me and I felt the striking beauty of the soundtrack when traveling back home in Central Europe amid bleak winter scenery and growing darkness. Absent are intensive dyna ... (read more)

Report this review (#2965412) | Posted by sgtpepper | Monday, October 30, 2023 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Mogwai hail from Glasgow, Scotland, a wonderful place indeed! Maintaining the grey, atmospheric mood of their city, they have been delivering excellent post rock music since 1996, being one of the most important bands of their genre. In fact, if one would ask me to describe post rock and ... (read more)

Report this review (#1181728) | Posted by Aldebaran_Well | Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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