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& The Glass Handed Kites Import

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Producing dark and atmospheric songs, Mew posses a graceful beauty and create an epic sound with strikingly memorable tunes over which delicate vocals soar to angelic heights. Two years after their award-winning debut album Frengers wowed the critics, the Danish four-piece's follow-up, And The Glass Handed Kites is the fourth album for the dream-pop four piece but only the second to be available to a worldwide audience. Mew And The Glass Handed Kites features 14 total tracks including 'Apocalypso', 'Chinaberry Tree', 'A Dark Design', 'White Lips Kissed', 'The Zookeeper's Boy', 'Small Ambulance' and more. BMG. 2005.

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B000AV47XK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on December 12, 2006
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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.
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16 of 19 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 Kazuo on July 30, 2006
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I discovered Mew in February of this year. I've been so impressed by them, that I put them into my Top 10 bands.

Technically, Mew could be grouped under indie, progressive rock, or baroque pop (ala The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds"), but I think the best term to describe them is one I made up: "fairy-tale rock". If there was ever a band that epitomized the term 'surreality', it would be Mew.

Their sound is composed of loud, heavy, distorted bass, stuttering drums playing very odd rhythms, guitars that can range from grunge to psychedelia, and layers of synths, pianos, celestes, xylophones, strings and occasionally some electronica.

Lead singer Jonas Bjerre sings in a high-pitched voice, but it never sounds emo, just whimsical. It fits in perfectly with the fairy-tale feel of their music.

Bands I'd compare them to are Sigur Ros and Bjork's "Vespertine" (the wintry atmosphere), Smashing Pumpkins (the lyrics and diversity), Beach Boys/Four Seasons (melodies and harmonies), and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (classical music aspects), but you'd never say they're an imitation of any of these bands. They transcend and surpass most of their influences. They've also been compared to Muse and The Mars Volta, being in a group of bands that "constantly push the boundaries of rock music". I'd definitely agree with those last 2.

They've struck a perfect balance. Their music is very elegant and oftentimes incredibly beautiful, but they can rock out with the best of them, too (such as on "Circuitry of the Wolf"). Their music is technical and complex, but it never sounds showoff-ish, unlike most metal bands that try to use those two aspects. It actually adds to the overall feel.
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