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MP3 Music, March 7, 2006
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I had no experience with Mogwai until I saw them live, and now I'm completely hooked. This happens maybe once a decade for me, and usually the band is more well known, and it has always taken me a much longer time to appreciate said bands. I was stunned from the first note of their opening song. I found Mogwai's latest tour and Mr. Beast to be a profound and moving production. For me, their music and production is some of the best I've ever heard. Mr. Beast is now a permanent fixture in my CD players, but it is hard to duplicate the live impact and sound quality of a Mogwai show.
IMHO, Mr. Beast is a natural progression for Mogwai, and is one of their best achievements to date. If you are down with this genre of music, you will not be disappointed with Mr. Beast. Play it very, very loud on a powerful system to approximate their live impact. If you like Mr. Beast, you will love their shows. The only criticism I have of Mr. Beast and Mogwai's shows, as I've commented to anyone who was interested, is that they're too darned short.
IMHO, this is one of the best albums and tours of '06. I wish them every success.
And thus was spawned band after band, from Godspeed to the current crop of metallic post rock to the brooding instrumental indie rock of bands like Explosions In The Sky. All of them owe a massive debt to Mogwai, and Young Team in particular. After Young Team, Mogwai continued to do what they did arguably better than anyone else, each record a subtle variation on the last, one was more consistantly louder, one was softer and dreamier, the next was a "return to the ultra dynamism of Young Team" the next was something completely new and different. Ultimately though, they all sounded like Mogwai, and if there was such thing as a cd that held 12 hours of music, they all could have come from that single 12 hour album. But who was complaining? Not me. I loved the sound of Mogwai, and didn't want them to change, sure I would have dug another Young Team, but it was joy to get a new Mogwai record every time, that was instantly familiar, but had enough new stuff going on that it kept things interesting.
And so it went for almost a decade, which brings us to Mr. Beast. And on the one hand, it perfectly keeps with the pattern, it's most definitely Mogwai, sonically there's no doubt about that, but on the other, this is a very weird record. For Mogwai at least.Read more ›
The lyrics are few, but that's okay -- glance at the title of each track before the track plays and let it whirl around in your mind like a mantra, and a detailed picture of something will come to mind. I especially like track #6, "Friend of the Night". On this track guitar and drums swap duties keeping time, echoing the ticks of a clock counting down the midnight hours. Meanwhile, piano with generous use of damper pedal takes flight on the melody backed by a guitar that sounds like it could have been wielded by Sigur Ros' J?n ??r Birgisson. The net effect is a perfect track for driving down the streets of an urban wasteland at four in the morning when you know sunrise is just a couple hours away.
fractals. Their music gives an overwhelming sense of vast
spaces that you are only seeing a part of. Like Clyfford Styll's (hope I'm remembering that correctly) vast and threatening abstractions, small slices of some unimaginable whole.
That having been said, the 'gwai boys have changed the procedure somewhat. Mr. Beast is a quite different record from its predecessors, yet retains some similarities that link it with previous efforts.
It opens with a standard Mogwai gambit, the absolutely luminous "Auto Rock". Reminiscent of Rock Action's "Sine Wave", it's a slow build, piano driven mood piece that rides the signature Mogwai crescendo to an almost tribal ending, Martin Bulloch's drums taking over the ending. The soft/loud dynamic is not as prevalent as it has been, as "Glasgow Mega-snake" and "Folk Death 95" show. The former reaches out of the stereo and pummels you, with only a quiet single guitar intro lending to the soft half of the dynamic. Album closer "we're no here" is another guitar assault, finding Mogwai revisiting its Young Team punk like sound, but tighter, more focused, no less epic, though.
Only three vocal cuts this time around (one spoken in Japanese!)
with "Travel is dangerous" being quite good. Somewhat like "tuner" on steroids. The vocals are once again treated like just another instrument, no higher in the mix than any other.
I'd almost be tempted to say that Mogwai has made their "pop" record. No song is above Five minutes or so, and the epic length of previous records has been replaced by a take it or leave it attitude. There 's no screwing about here, they're out for blood.Read more ›
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One of the best post-rock albums in history, a definitive must-have in your collection!Published 5 months ago by Juliusz Labecki
such an organic album. a must have for anyone that likes Mogwai.Published 6 months ago by Chriscopher
The music- Is great. The band- is amazing. But the seller is crap. I payed for a new cd. Bought it from DJ-MEGGASOUNDS. And it obviously isnt new. The case is chewed to S***. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Katie
Mr Beast is my favourite Mogwai album to date. It has a lot of noteworthy tracks, such as "Emergency Trap," "Friend of the Night," and "Folk Death 95. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Kamisori Johnny
This could be their best album!! - i love it! - and on vinyl it is phenomenally powerful! Highly recommended.Published on September 4, 2013 by JoNo_N
Great vinyl, great deal with the customer. This not a review for the record vinyl. The music is excellent. This is a review about the vinyl pressing and the vinyl record. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by martin
I dont know why I waited so long to get this one but after listening to all of the Mogwai recordings this is the best one, it has more guitar than the stuff on "Hardcore...". Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by J. A. Brown
When i first received this album i didn't know what to expect, but i was pleasantly surprised with the tracks. the music is very powerfull, significant and very melodic. Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by Samer E. Chami
The following songs make me pee my pants when I hear them:
"Travel is Dangerous"
"Folk Death... Read more
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My first was Joe Jackson's Big World. It was plainly marked on side 4 with something like "there's no music on this side." yeah, ungrooved vinyl is pretty weird looking. I don't know why this had to be a double, clocking in at around 45 minutes, it would have fit just fine on one record.
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