Mogwai
Mr. Beast

Matador
2006
C+
Reviewed by: Andrew Gaerig
Reviewed on: 2006-03-07



Posted 03/07/2006 - 07:25:26 AM by raskolnikov:
 Mogwai should definitely pack it in...they have totally run out of ideas. The last two records have been boring as hell, and they are even starting to turn into a very boring live band...which at one time in their existence was unthinkable. At least Godspeed You Black Emperor has had the sense to go into semi-retirement until they feel inspired again. It's sad to say, but it's true. The last worthwhile recordings of these guys were on Rock Action. Congrats to Mr. Gaerig for showing some balls and calling this record what it is--a mediocre slice of dwindling capacity and creativity.
 
Posted 03/07/2006 - 09:04:20 AM by bassman08:
 "The title of this album suggests tamed savagery, and Mogwai is a band that has long used its wit to suggest what its instrumental passages cannot." Hmmm... I dunno about that. But regardless, I think this is actually a pretty decent album. It's definatly no Rock Action, but I still enjoy it thoroughly. Plus, I preordered it and Matador sent it to me like a week and a half early, so I've had plenty of time with it. I mean, it's not crazy like their other stuff but I don't think thatnecessarily = boring.
 
Posted 03/08/2006 - 09:50:17 AM by brian586:
 This is a really beautiful album. Seems to me that they are refining their sound well, incorporating electronics very subtly. They already have the long head crushers such as Like Herod, Mogwai Fear Satan, and Xmas steps to play live. I hope they continue down this road, rather than going back to the loud quiet loud quiet loud dynamic.
 
Posted 03/10/2006 - 09:20:01 AM by magpie:
 I agree with the review with regards to Mogwai never making a cohesive, complete album. But in contrast I genuinely think this it. The mark its been given is harsh. And I don\'t think I could disagree with raskolnikov more.
 
Posted 03/10/2006 - 12:43:34 PM by brian586:
 Magpie is right. The more I listen to this album the more it seems a cohesive whole. As an album whole I would say it is mogwai\'s be(a)st.
 
Posted 03/22/2006 - 07:01:26 PM by outerillusion5:
 I couldn\'t agree more with raskolnikov. The music Mogwai is now making lacks the vitality and oomph that they last showed on Rock Action. Perhaps they need to take some time off and find a new approach. Maybe using more guest vocalists (like they have with Gruff Rhys and Aidan Moffat in the past) would re-kindle their inspiration. They need to shake themselves up somehow. Hey, at one time it was rumoured that Chino from the Deftones wrote lyrics to some of Mogwai\'s instrumentals. Maybe they can get together and fuse neu-metal and post-rock.