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Not everyone gets Mogwai, but that’s what makes them great. Theirs is a majestic, powerful sound where barely a word is spoken yet it is the antithesis of background music. Album and song titles bemuse, confuse and delight in equal measure and live, they are utterly unstoppable.

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pias America
  • ASIN: B000P7V5WK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With more than a decade making music and over 380,000 scanned, Mogwai have solidified their place in rock history with albums including Come On Die Young, Rock Action, Happy Songs For Happy People and the critically acclaimed Mr. Beast. Continuing where Mr.Beast left off comes, Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait - the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed documentary about the controversial soccer (football) player which features 10 new tracks specifically written and recorded for the film.

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Mogwai's slow-shifting, meteoric post-rock might have never earnt them a place on the back-of-the-nets montage on Match of the Day, but their soundtrack to Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait suggests that for this band, football boasts a deeper emotional palette than the Lightning Seeds could ever hope to evoke. Truthfully, it beggars belief it's taken Mogwai so long to reach the rarefied sphere of movie soundtracker; their gleaming, glittering instrumentals are big and beautiful, like a glacier or a blue whale. But supplying the score to Turner Prize artist Douglas Gordon's match-long portrait of French footballer Zinédine Zidane is probably a subject somewhat closer to their hearts. Lilting and ponderous, it boasts little of the fireworks that this band have been known for: far from the anger its name suggests, "Wake Up and Go Berserk" is a neat excursion into serene ambience, all finger-picked semi-acoustic guitars and padded sticks, while "It Would Have Happened Anyway" adds that crucial tension, perhaps a product of the pre-penalty kick. Mogwai's spirit has soften in recent years, but with Zidane, the boys done good: call it a "Nessun Dorma" for the experimental rock set. --Louis Pattison

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on November 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Mogwai have, by and large, become something of a surprise over the years. From their humble beginning as Post-rock, Experimental-rock fledging musicians, who were probably more known for their amusing "Blur are Sh**e" T-shirts, than for anything musically amazing. But after having dropped their amazing debut "Young Team" which skilfully balanced Complex and lengthy soundscapes which veered between brooding and ominous guitar plucking, and crisp instrumentation, before exploding into fierce guitar feedback and explosive drumming, the band managed to carve out a niche for themselves amongst other post-rock/indie-rock bands such as: Godspeed you Black Emperor!, Tortoise, Spiritualized, Sigur Rós, the Sea and Cake, etc.

Apart from earlier albums experimenting (on one occasion with vocals) and slightly more focus on guitar noodling, the band have (in some eyes) grown up, and refined their sound, with each album become more melodic, more structured, less abrasive, and moving with each release towards a more cerebral and Restrained introspective mood, with less of the Guitar freak-outs prevalent, in each album. This creative transition seemed to really make it's presence most felt on 2003's sublime "Happy Songs for Happy People", and makes the precious and subtle sounds found on that album, gradually evolved and repeated with hypnotically subtle and interlocking layers of restrained histrionics over which the band become more and more confident with this refocusing of their sound.

Composed for the documentary, of footballer, "Zidane"...which is a documentary that takes 17 cameras, and films his every movement in strangely hypnotic detail, over the course of one match.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on March 1, 2007
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Mogwai have, by and large, become something of a surprise over the years. From their humble beginning as Post-rock, Experimental-rock fledging musicians, who were probably more known for their amusing "Blur are Sh**e" T-shirts, than for anything musically amazing. But after having dropped their amazing debut "Young Team" which skilfully balanced Complex and lengthy soundscapes which veered between brooding and ominous guitar plucking, and crisp instrumentation, before exploding into fierce guitar feedback and explosive drumming, the band managed to carve out a niche for themselves amongst other post-rock/indie-rock bands such as: Godspeed you Black Emperor!, Tortoise, Spiritualized, Sigur Rós, the Sea and Cake, etc.

Apart from earlier albums experimenting (on one occasion with vocals) and slightly more focus on guitar noodling, the band have (in some eyes) grown up, and refined their sound, with each album become more melodic, more structured, less abrasive, and moving with each release towards a more cerebral and Restrained introspective mood, with less of the Guitar freak-outs prevalent, in each album. This creative transition seemed to really make it's presence most felt on 2003's sublime "Happy Songs for Happy People", and makes the precious and subtle sounds found on that album, gradually evolved and repeated with hypnotically subtle and interlocking layers of restrained histrionics over which the band become more and more confident with this refocusing of their sound.

Composed for the documentary, of footballer, "Zidane"...which is a documentary that takes 17 cameras, and films his every movement in strangely hypnotic detail, over the course of one match.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IRate on July 21, 2009
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While this soundtrack off-ramp for the popular Scottish post-rockers can initially sound subdued, repetitious, and lacking the band's trademark soft/loud dynamics, it is in fact one of their more layered and disciplined recordings to date, producing a recording of subtle ambiance, if one that doesn't have all the momentum to finish gracefully.
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