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Yesterday Was Dramatic: Today Is Ok [Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Morr Music / M.M.
  • ASIN: B000AGK9XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9.1 out of 10 "Surprises this good just don't come around that often." -- Pitchfork

Product Description

Classic debut Mum album, previously issued by Tugboat & Thule -- available again. "Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK was mostly recorded in a tiny, sweaty room in the summer of 1999 with carpenters banging nails around us, but sometimes we put on headphones so we couldn't hear them. It was originally released on an Icelandic label called Thule, but early on a number of disputes came up, which ended up dragging on for many years. Part of the attraction of the album is its mixture of analogue instruments such as harmonica, accordion and glockenspiel with digital clicks and cuts. But what makes it so beautiful is that at no point this combination feels constructed or forced. While listening to Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK you don't care how it was made you're just enjoying that it exists."

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something wonderful in a sea of mundane... June 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is a lot of music out there that is really good. Unfortunately, it is surrounded by all sorts of filler. Like anyone that heads out in to the hills with a tin pan and a dream, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time searching for musical gold. This is one album that qualifies. It is the type of album that I will put on when I am in the mood for chilling out with a nice glass of scotch and a book. It is mostly instrumental, and takes a couple listens to get the feel for the flittering beauty it lays out. A lot of people have compared this band to Sigur Ros but, other than being from Iceland, it is not a fair comparison. Having said that, if you are the type of person that likes Sigur Ros, you will probably like this album (don't expect it to sound like them, though).
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very creative electronic music December 18, 2001
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think the first thing that needs addressed in regards to Mum is that their constant association with Sigur Ros is a bit misleading. This group is often mentioned to fans of Sigur Ros as another band that they might like. But in all honesty, the only two things that these groups share is that they are both from Iceland and neither band is a mainstream "soundalike" of any other band.
Sigur Ros's sound is very warm (due to the heavy use of string instruments) and is very much characterized by it's vocalist. Jonsi is a very emotional and unique singer.
Mum, on the other hand, are an almost entirely instrumental techno group. Although they do play some of the most emotional electronic music that I have heard (no repetitive dance beats here), the digital nature of the sounds used to create the music gives it a distinctly cold feel and helps it to come across as less heartfelt and less emotionally powerful.
In short, this is a good cd. There is room for improvement but on the whole it is a very worthwhile album. Just don't expect Sigur Ros when you buy it. The two groups really don't have much in common.
Mum is more like a cross between the British techno group Hybrid and electronic new age relaxation music like ForrestFang. And they somehow manage to bring together the best elements of those styles.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! June 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
From where i come from in Iceland people have been talking about how great ta band called Múm is for a very very long time. I never paid that much atention to it bescuase i had never heard anything from the band, all I knew was that hey had been a warmup band for the great band mogwai. Then when i heard that múm was going to play in my school I just HAD to see them, this great band that everybody had been talking about, the band that impressed mogwai so much that they wanted them to warm up for them, the band that are friends with Belle & Sebastian and with the twin systers that are on the cover of Belle & Sbeastian's "Fold your hands Child, You walk like a pesant" album. Then the day came, and the concert began. And I was moved by this very beautifull, touching music. There music is unbelivable. It's like nothing i've ever heard before. It's one of the greatest things I've ever heard and will ever hear. Right nerxt day after the concert i went out and bought the cd. And it was even better then the concert. Although seeing them play is the most beaustifull thing you can see, I almonst felt like crying becaude there music was so good. The tonly thing that I could think was "Oh my god! they are not humans they are gods". And every time i listen to this CD , wich is about 2 or 3 times every day or more often i experience it in a new way. This CD is the best CD i've ver bought. Not even Sigur Rós's Ágætis byrjun, Mogwai's Younge Team or Godspeed you black emperor!'s Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP are as good as this. So i give this CD 5 stars, although i want to give it 10 stars out af 5 because how good it is. Two thumbs up for Múm. I,m alldready excited about a new cd from them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Igloo Magazine's REVIEW November 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Review by: R_Garcia, Igloo Magazine ([...])

(10.09.05) I will begin this review with a paraphrase from the included one-sheet: "This album was recorded very shortly after me and Gunni met Kristin and Gyda and became a four people band... It was originally released on an Icelandic label called Thule but early on a number of disputes came up which ended up dragging on for many years... We have the rights for the record back now and are really happy to be re-releasing it on our friends label where it seems to fit in like home."

If not for that disclaimer, one might take this re-release as new compositions from Múm (which I accidentally did when I tossed the CD in my car's player without reading a word.) If this indeed was to be a new release for Múm, it would most certainly be a step back. The sound quality is not exactly on par with what a Múm fan might be used to, and the major-scale over clicky-click beats thing has been beaten to death by a zillion aspiring laptop rockers in countless indie and net-releases for the last five years.

But... this release was recorded in 1999, which if memory serves, was around the time that the clicky movement was first being born (that would place Múm at the vanguard, where they belong.) This disc also provides a candid look into the Múm toolbox; the clean, patient sounds, ethereal keyboards, live instrumentation and pulsing rhythms are all there in infancy, offering up a missing link in the evolutionary story of Múm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
An interesting group that effortlessly preforms what I'd call post-industrial trance rock. I know I'll like a song within the first few seconds of it's exposition. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Luigi
5.0 out of 5 stars I luv my Mum
I was unfamiliar with Mum when I ordered this along with Early Birds. This is a mid career release and is diverse and beautiful throughout. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark Rew
5.0 out of 5 stars By far...
...the Best múm album I've listened to. This album takes you for a ride. I am one who enjoys electronic, folk and folktronic music but this album has become one of my... Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by mind_expander
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday's talent is today's pleasure.
Múm's work of art deftly blends the frontier between "digital music" with its "avant garde" twists and the more stable, grounded, texturized "instrumental folk". Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by DomFen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album
As a fan of all types of electronic music, I first came across Mum when I purchased "We Are Glitter" (an album of remixes) by Goldfrapp. Read more
Published on February 9, 2008 by C. Mcclelland
4.0 out of 5 stars Tomorrow will be brilliant...
Múm's debut album is subtle in its excellence, but hypnotic when its at its best. The Ballad of Broken Birdie Records will surely tickle your spine and leave you gasping for... Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by Bosse
3.0 out of 5 stars quaint, homespun electronic songs
mum's mysterious world revolves around childlike melodies and tranquil, haunting homespun electronica. Read more
Published on June 10, 2006 by J. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great...
yesterday... is an album that takes a few listens to get used to, but grows on you extremely quickly. Read more
Published on July 20, 2005 by a person
5.0 out of 5 stars musical imagery
my love of electronic music is endless, and though my collection seems the same, i always felt like there was always one album missing. Read more
Published on May 4, 2005 by Bengt
3.0 out of 5 stars Get it on Vinyl too
Mum make us chill, light candles and drink heaps of red wine. We are out like a light after that. Just kidding. Read more
Published on May 3, 2005 by Elise
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