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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Epic Japan
  • ASIN: B000A3H636
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Circuitry Of The Wolf
2. Chinaberry Tree
3. Why Are You Looking Grave
4. Fox Cub
5. Apocalypso
6. Special
7. The Zookeeper's Boy
8. A Dark Design
9. Saviours Of Jazz Ballet
10. An Envoy To The Open Fields
11. Small Ambulance
12. The Seething Rain Weeps For You
13. White Lips Kissed
14. Louise Louisa
15. Forever And Ever
16. Shiroi Kuchibiruno Izanai (White Lips Kissed)(Japanese Version)

Editorial Reviews

Japanese pressing of Mew's 2nd album features two bonus tracks. Sony. 2005.

Customer Reviews

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It's solid from the symphonic sound, grandiose, to the high voices and lyrics.
melody lover
Every song of this record is so damned good that you know that either they have a really great ear for composing or one of them has studied musical theory a lot.
I have been into music for a very long time and this is one of the best albums ive ever heard.
J. Burleson

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on December 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
By way of the internet, I was introduced to Mew initially through text. I had never actually heard their music, but by way of some few positive reviews, a little desperation, and a leap of faith, I purchased "And the Glass Handed Kites." Since it found its way into my CD player, I have concluded that it is my favorite album of 2006. Several albums have competed for this title over the course of the past few months, not the least of which was Muse's "Black Holes and Revelations." While competition was fierce between these two, I can confidently say that Mew has been the winner.

This is not meant to degrade (the more visible) Muse's efforts. In fact, my comparison between the two bands is meant to encourage fans to research this important Danish band for themselves. Mew exudes an aesthetic that coolly reflects both passion and intelligence. Lyrically, "And the Glass Handed Kites" walks the line that divides the surreal and the personal. Sonically, they strongly reference the late 80s, as well as 2K and many points in between, but their approach is so experimental and somehow accessible that they ultimately transcend any of the genres that are associated with either of these eras. Is it possible to reconcile the seemingly divergent styles of New Order and The Mars Volta? Miraculously, Mew seems to find a way to.

Because of their ability to ride the fence between the accessible and the experimental, Mew has been increasingly accepted by the prog community. However, the bulk of their influences lie outside of the accepted prog mainstream - perhaps a touch of Yes, but very little Genesis, ELP, etc. Instead Mew openly cites among their influences the pre-alternative bands of the late 80's such as My Bloody Valentine. "Special" is particularly reminiscent of this era.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Otwell on October 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you're reading this, you're likely already a fan of this band, who's all but unknown in the US outside a small group who've been waiting for this record for a couple of years. So far the reaction's been remarkably positive for a record that is in many ways a departure from their sound. It's certainly the kind of album you'll need a number of listens to before you can really "hear".

Mew's an odd band. After releasing two stunning albums in Europe, they chose to put out an album--2003's Frengers--of remakes of some of those songs, along with some originals. Where the first two records were filled with sweeping, often gentle anthems, Frengers was an attempt to showcase their harder side. And it worked: these guys are startlingly good musicians, and the singer's got an amazing voice.

In fact, there was an undercurrent on Frengers of egghead musicianship that you could tell they wanted to indulge. And now two years later, they have. "..And the Glass Handed Kites" is in places a difficult album. And I mean that in the way you might call a math problem "difficult", or a piece of dense academic writing "difficult." Even the first single, "Special" is tuneful, but with rhythyms that never seem to settle down, sometimes stuttering three beats where your brain expects four, or adding beats to a phrase to extended it just a little long; it can be disorienting, although usually in a good way. And the tunes themselves, like "A Dark Design" are almost like arias, long *long* melodies that are just hard to get your head around. Then on the other hand there are some relatively straightforward songs like "Apocalypso", which you'll love if you liked Frengers' "Am I Wry? No." And "The Zookeeper's Boy" has a chorus you'll be singing for days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Mew are a powerful band, blending hard rock, prog and indierock with a sweeping hand, and turning out expansive music that sounds like nothing else.

And the Danish band not disappoint in "And the Glass Handed Kites," which takes the style of their third album "Frengers" and expands on it. The result? A brilliant, shimmering piece of rock'n'roll that sounds like nothing -- and everything -- else.

It opens with a soft whine, some hesitant drums and tuning guitar, as if the band is just starting a live set. Then they gradually swing into a solid, ringing guitar riff interspersed with blasting bass and soft shimmers of keyboard. No lyrics. Except for a few angel-rock cries, they don't need 'em.

That changes with the swirling "Chinaberry Tree," with Jonas Bjerre singing about a passionate love that is disrupted: "As my first love said to me:/"I don't care. I'm not there"/So that I could not sleep/My whole being was falling apart/So that I soon cried out: "Dear friends, hold me!"

From there on, Mew tear through other sorts of music: thunderous hard rock, shivering proggy pop, riff-heavy indierock, epic anthems of stormy sound, and silvery sweeps of eerie balladry. What's more, the songs all flow into each other with hardly any pauses, until it sounds like one enormous song.

Breakout albums are usually a bit more commercial than this one -- although the songs can be catchy, there aren't any real singles, and you'd be hard-pressed to find something so intricate and intelligent on MTV.

And their music is what makes them so brilliant -- ringing, driving riffs, sharp percussion and thunderlike bass spill over the circling melodies.
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