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Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will [Double CD]

Mogwai Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Rock Action Records
  • ASIN: B004FN7ZQA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. How To Be A Werewolf 6:220.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. You're Lionel Ritchie 8:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Music For A Forgotten Future23:09Album Only

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A provocative title, an opening track called White Noise: surely, say all on-paper signs, this is a return to the squall of old, to the tumult and turbulence that characterised the finest moments of Mogwai’s early catalogue. Not so, it turns out, as such signifiers are red herrings, distracting expectation away from where it should be, from measured maturity to reckless tinnitus. Now at studio album number seven, it’s actually more likely that that the Scottish quintet have eased off the accelerator a little. And that’s precisely what they have done, with Hardcore… perhaps their most wonderfully understated, delightfully melodic offering yet.

Of course, there is noise where it needs to be – closer You’re Lionel Richie can’t maintain a straight face for its full duration, and eventually cracks under the unseen force of cloaked amplifiers which dismantle a hypnotic riff into crackling debris. But, mostly, this is a set best suited for quiet moments of contemplation. Letters to the Metro could be combustive – its title hints at volatile subject matter, of angry words published to rally against another reader’s point of view – but it saunters, unhurried, a guitar’s waning moan the sole hook to hang on to as all around gentle chimes and barely there percussion play their background roles. Mexican Grand Prix is rather more lively, its motorik groove a nod to both Krautrockers past and the band’s own-label (Rock Action) labelmates, Errors; distorted vocals punch through the mix, the overall effect something close to the ghost of Mark Linkous guesting on a Kraftwerk record. Rano Pano, meanwhile, is the sort of cyclical composition solely designed to throw one’s grasp of time into the ether.

White Noise is the tone-setter – guitars set to dance among the stars rather than drill down to the very depths of Hell. But Hardcore… isn’t as one-dimensional as a record full of similarly paced, primarily instrumental tracks usually proves to be. The reason: its makers are (while not exactly long in the tooth, individually) master craftsmen when it comes to this variety of rock (choose, and use, your own prefix). Guitarist Stuart Braithwaite is only 34; Mogwai’s debut album, the aptly titled Young Team, was released in 1997. Band and its members, and their music, have grown up together, without any externally engineered agenda to pursue. So while Hardcore… is a shift of speed, downwards, it’s only a gear change rather than a signal that the whole journey’s coming to an end. It’s not, and with these guys at the controls one can only imagine where they’ll have taken us in another 14 years.

--Mike Diver

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Will Never Die, And Neither Will Mogwai 16 Feb 2011
By Paton
Format:Audio CD
This is, to sum it up to it's fullest, a Mogwai album. Listen to it for even the shortest time and you'll recognize the great sound of the band. But there's something else in there. Just because it's a Mogwai album doesn't mean it's a replica of albums of old. THere are subtle tweaks to the system here, and for the most part, they work brilliantly. The almost arcade-like feel to "Mexican Grand Prix" is both interesting and exciting. In a similiar vein, "George Square Thatcher Death Party" (Possibly the best song title of all time?) is another high powered song. At the other end of the spectrum, the opener "White Noise" is a floaty yet expansive song that opens the album perfectly. Incidentally, he production overall is excellent, with subtle touches like the quiet speaking in the former, or the robotic singing in the aforementioned "Mexican Grand Prix".

But really, the best moments here are when Mogwai really bring out the "Mogwai" feel. The finale, "You're Lionel Richie" is a fantastic 8 minutes sweep in the band's truest fashion, showing that even when they stick to their guns the result is just as good, if not better. The first single of Hardcore is "Rano Pano", another standout here. Capitalizing on one key riff and expanding it to a huge blast of sound near the end, it's one of the most exciting songs here.

However, it's not a complete classic. I mean, for the most part the songs are very good, but there's just something slightly missing. Despite some new changes, there's not really much innovation here. Like I said at the beginning, it is, despite everything, still a Mogwai album. And for me, that's a brilliant thing and for most people reading this, it'll be brilliant for them too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last.. 16 Feb 2011
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Since "Come On Die Young", I've been waiting to a Mogwai album to blow me away from start to finish. "My Father My King" was awesome, but hardly an album. "Zidane" came close. All the others have truly inspired moments, especially "Hawk Is Howling". But for me, there was always one or two tracks that didn't quite do it for me or the 'production' wasn't deep enough or something else.

My wait is over. I am ecstatic about this album. No complaints. No doubts. No ifs or buts. Clearly, it is early days, and I've still got a lot to take in. But I have heard enough albums now to spot something that will last.

A fantastic album. Buy it!

Then buy Amplifier's The Octopus
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soundtracks to the imagination. 8 Mar 2011
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Album umpteen for the Scottish art noise terrorists, and the once again, impeccably titled "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will", proves - if nothing else - Mogwai write the best titles in the business. Any album with a song entitled `George Square Thatcher Death Party' makes quite clear what side of the political fence they straddle. For such an inventive linguistic approach, Mogwai are, aside from that, a curiously silent group in many ways : cover art is never iconic, merely a wrapper in which the music is delivered. For this album, the cover is a blue cityscape, lyrics are quietly excised from most if not all songs, and the shimmering, barely-detectable musical glide that forms a core of their work is dispensed in favour of an altogether more muscular musical language.

Possibly taking a cue from last years excellent "Special Moves / Burning" live set, the glacial ice of restraint - for Mogwai standards - has been removed. We're hardly talking Slayer here : but songs constructed of relatively recognisable elements such as verse, chorus, bridge, refrain, and rhythms that move forward from the opening bars of "White Noise" to the final, more atypical "Music From A Forgotten Future", it's clear there's a journey here : Mogwai never content to rest on their laurels, repeat themselves, going to some new destination. Whilst some of the songs see them fall into their trademarks ound of ascending/descending chords and cacophonous drums - "Rano Pano" - others, such as "Letters To The Metro" and "Mexican Grand Prix"for example, are the nearest Mogwai will probably ever come to a hit, with conventional 4/4 time scales, that - almost - but not quite resemble conventional rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This may be their best album 23 Mar 2011
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Have to admit I'd almost written Mogwai off. The last two albums had a few decent songs on but were a bit average. I only really checked this out in passing on Spotify. Needless to say I'd soon bought it.
A great mix of quiet and loud, interesting song dynamics and supreme production. Reminiscent in places of Rock Action but with a few more upbeat songs and melodies thrown in. The second disc is decent enough- I can't honestly say it'll spend a great deal of time in my CD player but it is worth a listen. I was blown away by the album though- check it out, it really is worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Album but not their best. 22 Feb 2011
By godzilla78 VINE VOICE
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Its a good album no doubt with some catch electro tunes and is superb value for the two discs. Long term mogwai fans wont be let down by this but I don't think its as good as the hawk is howling. Still thats just my opinion, enjoy :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Mogwai record
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Published on 17 Mar 2011 by Lendrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello
I'm going to see them in Birmingham this Thurs. Death Rays is the stunner here for me. Too Raging To Cheers as well. Mexican Grand Prix krautrocky. Needs a few listens as usual.
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