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For My Parents [Import]

Mono Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Temporary Residence, Ltd
  • ASIN: B008M7NQZO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Legend11:57Album Only
Listen  2. Nostalgia12:03Album Only
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RIYL: Explosions in the sky, Sigur rós, Ennio Morricone, Godspeed you! black Emperor. For my parents is the new album by MONO, the Japanese quartet who over the course of half a dozen albums in twice as many years has followed their own muse, and in the process have become "one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st century." They are an instrumental rock band whose melodies have grown increasingly lyrical, with increasingly transcendent execution. Following the release of their previous album, the highly regarded Hymn To The Immortal Wind, MONO staged a series of sold-out concerts in New York City, Tokyo, London, and Melbourne, all backed by a massive chamber orchestra. Preparing for these unique performances afforded them not only the opportunity to retrofit their back catalog, but also the inspiration to embrace their organic evolution as a preeminent neoclassical noise juggernaut. There is no doubting a MONO song when you hear it, and no denying their uncanny ability to feel perfectly at home in both pristine symphony halls and dirty rock clubs. In the way that only MONO can, For My Parents obliterates that divide, showcasing a sensitivity and maturity that simultaneously acknowledges where they came from, and where they're going. For My Parents is the first MONO album to not feature Steve Albini behind the console since 2003's Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky. The band chose to work with legendary New York producer Henry Hirsch, recording in a converted cathedral overlooking the Hudson River, and mixing with longtime friend Fred Weaver in rural Pennsylvania. Coming more than three years after Hymn To The Immortal Wind, For My Parents represents the longest span of time MONO has ever allowed between albums. As a result, the songwriting is sharper, the dynamics are subtler, and the production is stunning. For the recording, the band once again enlisted The Wordless Music Orchestra for support, and the collaboration has never sounded stronger. The unique combination of soul-stirring melodies, cinematic East-meets-West arrangements, and firm command of elusive emotional intangibles is what makes MONO so...well, so MONO.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of the whole genre of 'Music that is a noise rather than a song' from '60s Floyd to Mono, Mogwai and the like. As we used to say when I were a lad 'I love Mono, I've got all their records'. Well, I have to say, I'm awaiting the next one with some concern.

Much of Mono is rather similar, like Status Quo, Queen, Rap Music Today, the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band etc and you like it or you don't. Honestly, this is not the first amongst equals. This is a fine record, but it's not exactly breaking new ground. If you are looking to start with this excellent band, then try 'Under the Pipal Tree', 'You Are There' or the very wonderful (and different- you won't like this unless you like the sort of music where the same chord is played for twenty minutes. Five times.) Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain'.

But, as per the rating system 'I like it'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Heavenly Skies 2 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
I consider myself as a Mono fan since I heard them live in 2005. It's almost a decade now.

Their progress with each release has been an outstanding one and witnessed a very successful sequence of albums. Their ever-evolving sound has never left these ears without delivering an amazing listening experience.

My favourite Mono album has always been "One More Step and You Die" for its darker and heavier characteristic. However, their previous album set the bar so high in an absolutely beautiful and majestic way.

"For My Parents" is equally beautiful, albeit less grandiose. This album progresses through small but gentle steps. It's ethereal. It's elagant. The melodies take you to heavenly skies.

In a way, this album is quite possibly the most personal Mono album to date.

As usual, listening to a Mono album is an experience.
It does not only shaped by the music but your state of mind while listening to it establishes the foundations of your experience.

In this regards, this album is very rewarding.

It's not an album you are going to listen to everyday.
But it is THE album you will choose to listen to experience your deeper feelings on your own.

Therefore, "For My Parents" will always remain as one of the most beloved and beautifully crafted album in their catalog.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Hymn to the Immortal Wind??? 19 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
MONO have come on leaps and bounds with the past two albums. 'For My Parents' (for me) is the pinnacle of their career. The opening track 'Legend' is breathtaking. The musicality of each track has no bounds. I didn't want it to end. I closed my eyes as it started and absorbed every strum, drum beat and orchestrated movement and knew I was listening to musical gold. As another reviewer said, you won't find anything new here sound wise (it's MONO), but what you will find is the BEST album of the year full of drama, emotion, impact, depth and intensity. If you like Godspeed and bands of that ilk, this is up there with the greats. In my opinion, this and 'Hymn to the Immortal World' surpass all before them. Perfection.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt sweeps 13 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
I don't think Mono ever will or can produce a bad album, their combination of crashing waves in the drum section, which is often percussive rather than using a standard pattern, the drilling guitar, orchestral backing and driving bass...It's like listening to life's pace itself and if you get to see them live it is a truly life affirming and affecting experience!

The album doesn't stray from their previous attempts too far...I would say there is a difference in the definition of the instruments compared to the previous album.

If you already like Mono then this shouldn't dissapoint. If you are looking for a huge shift or change in sound, then go buy another CD from another band because that isn't what this is about.

Expressive, emotive!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece!!!!! 8 Sep 2012
By norman l. askew - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
for my parents is mono's best work yet.stunning,hauntingly beautiful,lush and a treasure for the ears and of the most surreal discs ever recorded.a jem for the ages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars epic, sweeping, orchestrated post-rock 12 Oct 2012
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
Format:Audio CD
8th? studio release from Japanese band--epic, sweeping, orchestrated post-rock explorations
that ebb & flow from gentle, classically textured atmospherics to occasional roaring strains of
grandeur. Sometimes recalls Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Earth, Godspeed You Black
Emperor, Junius.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Dictum: Grand In What's Not Played 2 Nov 2012
By J. Barber - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...own all Miles Davis releases: Bootleg or otherwise; own all Grateful Dead releases: Bootlegs or otherwise . . . no Qualification making me Chief Audiophile. MONO: 'For My Parents' beautiful, intellectually crafted, touchingly personal greeting Card FOR HIS PARENTS ... not for you or yours, nor laboring or intent to custom create works for your listening satisfaction, nor one's self-absorption in quantity. Rather, Mono's "F.M.P." constitutes outpouring of life-long spiritual & pithy Love for special 2 distinctively meaningful touches in artist(s)' life. Aural beauty in full immersion & in many appreciative listeners' halidom ... an excursion of immense appreciation, easily recognized for intent and no desire for assembly-line repetition or quest to "Better" their matured watershed masterpiece "You Are There". This kind gift flourishes every-bit-as-much in what is not played, intentional mix, and already positioned to withstand test of time.

(ASIN: B008M7NQZO)... Label: Temporary Residence
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazingly beautiful arrangement of sound 3 July 2014
By J. Lamberson - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazingly beautiful arrangement of sound. While listening, I conjure up visions of childhood and a longing for bliss. For me, this type of music was made for headphones; it's very personal. Highly recommended for fans of Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, Sigur Ros and This Will Destroy You (among other instrumental greats).
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh 28 April 2014
By Daniel Dunn - Published on
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This album falls short compared their others. If you're collecting the Mono albums like me, save this one for last.
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