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Rave Tapes is the eighth studio album by Mogwai and their second on Sub Pop. With Rave Tapes, Mogwai's mastery of sound and space is firmly at its apex. The album is a lustrous collection mined from the same quarry as its predecessors, wreathed in painterly textures underpinned by increasingly electronic beats. Mogwai wrote and recorded Rave Tapes at the band's Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, Scotland, with Paul Savage, who also worked on their 2011 Sub Pop album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.
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  • Audio CD (January 21, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00GTO6YE2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I believe I have everything Mogwai has released (though i passed on Zidane and Les something or other), as I've been a fan since the late 90's. This album has a different feel than their previous ones, but it still lands in the top 4-5 Mogwai albums for me...which says something considering I'm a fan of everything they've done, which includes at least 10 studio albums. Rave Tapes offers more electronics and less blow-your-ears-off guitar explosions, but that's fine by me. The Mogwai album I feel it most compares to is The Hawk is Howling, which took some time to grow on me. This one, though, has impressed me from the get-go. Despite some new and prominent elements, you can still tell it's Mogwai lurking underneath it all. The electronics are nothing super-advanced but play a featured role on several tracks. I agree that this album works best when you can listen to it straight through. Something about the buildup makes the Lord is Out of Control a real highlight. I don't care much for the content and sound of the dialogue on track 5. It becomes a distraction and, for me, interrupts the feel of flow of the album up to that point. A stronger track there probably would have earned a 5-star overall rating from me. This is just another strong release from a band that has steadily built a vast and very impressive catalog of material.
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At first listen, "Rave Tapes" doesn't sound as interesting to me as some of their other albums. I'm a fan of "Young Team", "Rock Action", "The Hawk Is Howling" and "Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will"... those are favorites. But I tend to like all of their releases.

To those who are casual fans, the band's music might seem to be fairly homogeneous. That is, things don't seem to vary that much from one outing to the next. I believe this is partially true, in that there are subtle musical differences each time, but the band's creative spirit and willingness to try some new things is always present.

This time there is more of a noticeable jump in a different direction sound-wise. The presence of keyboards and synths is certainly more noticeable here, but I see nothing wrong with it. To my ears, it is a way for the band to add some new sounds and musical ideas to their repertoire. I hear it as a natural outgrowth of a gradually developing creative process. The process is on an ever-upward trend, with little spikes and mini-valleys along the way. But for me, whether it's a spike or a valley it's all good.

I won't say "Mogwai fans rejoice!" Because not all Mogwai fans will think this is a great record. I also don't think it's great right now, not at first, although I like it. And as a keyboardist, I know it's going to grow on me. For those of you who like the guitar sounds? Take a listen. There is plenty of guitar going on, it's just a bit more subtle.

While I don't find this album as interesting as some of my other favorites of theirs, they are doing some cool new things with textures and orchestration. This is definitely Mogwai.
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Mogwai has already given us a complete body of work that is stunning.
albums like Rock Action,Young Team,12inch like My father,My son.
Mogwai can,at this point in their career,do whatever they feel like and they have nothing
to prove.I'm glad they're still releasing music.

Rave tapes is different from your favorite Mogwai albums.
I would recommend listening to it only when you have time to play it from finish to end.
I recommend keeping an open mind.don't think "this is Mogwai.it should be a little like this or that".
Rave Tapes stands,I've listened all the way through 4 times,solid on it's own terms.
it grows on you,it has a lot to give,but you need to erase the past and your expectations.

I hold,this early,Rave Tapes as art on level with Rock Action or Mr.Beast.
it reaches somewhere in me where new and beautiful come together at night.

if you're new to Mogwai or whatever,you can start here.why not?
Rock Action will always be there and you have a life to live.

I can fully recommend Mogwais new album to fans new and old.
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I hadn't realized a new Mogwai Album was out until I visited SubPop Records in SeaTac Airport. I immediately was enthralled by the classic Mogwai feel and it was all over from there. Another classic album by these guys.
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It was July of 2004 and my best friend and I headed to Chicago to the Curiosa Festival. We were psyched, man. The Cure, Interpol, The Rapture, and a bunch of other bands. Who cares who else was there? The Cure and Interpol, that's all we needed to know. So we arrived in the early afternoon, headed to the beer garden and bought ourselves a guitar-shaped liter of some watered-down lite beer. We made our way to the stadium seats under the pavilion of the amphitheater and noticed immediately that the noise emanating from the stage had taken a sharp turn to the grating. No longer could we hear ourselves speak or think. There were four or five guys on stage creating this wall of noise. This shrieking flaming phoenix of noise began rising from the stage, filling every square inch of seat, concrete, dirt, and fence within the Tweeter Center. Pretty soon people were running from their spots directly in front of the stage clasping their hands over their naked ears. Blood began flowing from their earholes as if this sonic assault from a relatively underwhelming stage was liquifying their brains. I found it hard to breathe as if the squall from the Marshall amps and motionless guitars were thickening the air. It was a wave of dense, bright, razor wire-sharp noise that I'd never heard the likes of before. I turned to my best friend to see if we should exit the place before it imploded but it was too late. He'd succumbed to the nuclear blast of Marshalls and Gibsons and was lying on the beer-stained floor of the seemingly harmless amphitheater; his guitar-shaped liter of warm lite beer snapped in half from the seizure he'd endured. He was foaming at the mouth, what looked to be grey matter seeping from his earholes and a mixture of Miller Lite and urine staining the front of his cargo shorts.Read more ›
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