It has a sound that just brings the whole song together. If Young Team is the soundtrack to a tripped-out night of debauchery and emotional upheaval stretching from the lovelorn lows of R U Still Into It to the stratospheric heights of Mogwai Fear Satan then Come On Die Young is the sound of a night of insomniac soul-searching, where everything looks strange, dark and slightly worrying. Rather than calling them anything though, you probably should just shut up, put on Come On Die Young once in a while, turn it up to eleven and slip away into the heart of Mogwai — the pounding centre of a renewed punk-spirit. If you are into the more hippie-like, otherworldly aspects of it: go for Sigur Rós. Their rare ability to integrate grooving aggressiveness into sheer beauty is what sets them apart.
This is fairly thin gruel with some tasty mouthfuls here and there. And if you simply enjoy the instrumental survey of dynamic rock music, Mogwai will probably fit your needs. May nothing but Mogwai caress your ears for the next year. Tracklist 1 - Punk Rock 2 - Cody 3 - Helps Both Ways 4 - Year 2000 Non-Compliant Cardia 5 - Kappa 6 - Waltz For Aidan 7 - May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door 8 - Oh! Before you buy it, just email me and I will send you mine for free. Of course, this is a brutal simplification but the point is: every band within the post-rock spectrum somehow has to set itself apart. It definitely could be their musical ability and restlessness that enabled them to record furthermore outstanding albums from Rock Action over Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will up to Rave Tapes. But at the core of all that stands their very own punk-ethos: they hate to repeat themselves, they hate to justify themselves.
If you prefer the political, epic side to it, would be your choice. The effect is haunting and tremendously atmospheric. While most of the songs seem to sound the same, they actually take on their own after just a few listens. Not only did Mogwai refuse to follow their own paradigm of dying young as they still are around and more alive than most of their contemporaries in instrumental rock. Chaque chanson semble comme un coup de couteau dans le dos portant sur une mort lente et courue d'avance. Here the feel of the music is looser and more expressive, guitars are louder and freer; classic post-rock territory perhaps.
The first seven tracks are atmospheric pieces largely notable for their restrained instrumentation and gentle melodic threads. Come On Die Young took the much more black and white-like acting of its predecessor Young Team and extended the sound into artificial regions without levitating too much. Perhaps wouldn't have seemed as disappointing if it hadn't arrived on the wave of hype and expectation, but the truth is, it pales in comparison to their own work. Photo by Steve Gullick Following these famous words of — what does punk mean nowadays, what does it stand for? Mogwai wields harmonic-driven guitar, resonating, thick and brooding keyboards, and searing, metallic vortices of noise that inevitably wash away to reveal frail hints of melody. It's like an out of tune garage band that hasn't quite learned how to play its instruments warming up while smacked-up out of their minds. And that position is more than just an ambivalent one. Il y a donc rien à faire dans ce disque, à part mourir toute les secondes et subir l'avalanche dramatique Mogwaienne.
How the Dogs Stack Up changes the angle of attack. Others would point out the special Mogwai humour, their angle on things and their lust for a decent statement about contemporary artists. I cannot for the life of me grasp why people like this band so much. I'm not even talking about the football game that is going on in the background which I may say gives the song a cool effect. A lot of this is down to the production - less distortion on the guitars, more keyboards and a flatter, echoless drum sound - but the songs are more muted, less volatile, though still incredible and intense in places.
Or you could stress their infamous live-shows. If you like dreamy, sparse guitar music with lots of repetition you may enjoy this album. So - if you want my opinion, by this cd because it's great. It feels like a degraded photocopy of their earlier records -- it's possible to discern the initial spark that made them fascinating, but this current incarnation is too smudged and muddy to hold attention on its own terms. Well worth buying if you appreciate cleverly crafted music. Mogwai is definitely the latest darling of the indie-music press -- but rightly so.
But they also serve as one of the last really relevant names if it comes to discuss the strange thing called post-rock, although they themselves always hated it. Where their free-form noise improvisations were utterly enthralling on their earlier records, the ebb and flow is entirely too familiar throughout , largely because they follow the same pattern on each song. It sounds like the background music to an old Chinese silent movie. And each cut blends into the next, creating the impression of one endless track that teeters between deliberately dreamy crawls and random bursts of noise. The singles compilation and the debut deserved all the acclaim they earned, but a funny thing happened while was recording their much-anticipated second album, ironically titled -- the band went stale, producing a lethargic trawl through post- and territory. Old songs stay to the end, sad songs remind me of friends.
They simply enjoy what they are doing when they are coming together making music. A notion they share with other big names in that field like. Yes, there still is no definition of what post-rock is about. Unfortunately, I just don't have the patience for it. This article was originally released in July 2014 but updated for the 20th birthday of the record in March 2019. It deserves 5 stars for being consistant throughout. Not a 5 star effort then, but an admirable continuation of Mogwai's promise to root out the bland and the mediocre in contemporary muzak.