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Hawk Is Howling [VINYL]

Mogwai Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (23 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B001CVCB44
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who needs words? 26 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Someone clearly a whole lot smarter than me once wrote that music, at its best, is "...a polite reminder of the limitations of language". A beautiful phrase, which stuck with me.

At their magnificent best, Mogwai have brought that polite (a less than apt word in the context of Mogwai's music, I grant you) reminder to mind many times since "Young Team" offered an exciting alternative to the dying embers of Britpop 11 years ago. That and every subsequent release have been studded with moments that have enough power and beauty to leave listeners awestruck.

What makes "The Hawk is Howling" Mogwai's most satisfying recording to-date is that over its 63 minutes or so, the feeling of awe it generates refuses to leave you. There are simply no tracks here destined for the skip button on future listens. The opening track, "I'm Jim Morrisson, I'm Dead", devastates with it's sheer momentum and from there on, through a number of fluctuating moods, the album takes you on a journey you'll want to repeat many, many times.

By the time the truly majestic wash of "Scotland's Shame", the eighth track here, was enveloping me, all thoughts of resistance were futile and Mogwai seemed like the only band who ever mattered. They aren't of course, in as much as nobody is, but it can certainly feel that way at times.

Others, i.e. Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed... have offered great work in the time since Slint's "Spiderland". However, Mogwai have always displayed a real understanding of how to get to the point economically and how to use melody to generate real emotion. These ten pieces synthesise all they have learned and that alone should be recommendation enough. I know I'll be revisiting this beautiful album for the rest of my life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This reviewer is liking 12 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't heard any Mogwai before. Listened to this album on their myspace page and really liked. Sometimes happy but mostly moody soundtracks to films never made but probably should have been. I can imagine Shane Meadows making a film with a Mogwai soundtrack.
A bit of Sonic Youth, a bit of shoegazing, a bit of Pink Floyd, it even reminds me a bit of some Pat Metheny stuff. Whatever it is it's worth listening too. Buy without hesitation if you like proper grown up sounds.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Sublime 16 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
I recently recieved a promo copy of this cd and I have to tell you its fantastic. The songs are slightly longer and darker than that of the 'mr beast' album (by no means a bad album, but to these ears, mogwais weakest to date).
This album manages to be both what you'd expect, yet at the same time still has teh ability to suprise:
Dark, haunting opener 'Im jim morrison, im dead' is built around teh time honoured build/repition theme with a maudlin piano thrown in, 'batcat' is scuzzy and dirgy while 'daphne and the brain' is short and full of brilliant electro flecks (that do indeed pepper parts of teh album to great affect)
the real stand out tracks for me though are the melancholic post rock of 'scotland's shame' which builds nicely, like an instrumental A PERFECT CIRLCE song I suppose, with good use of wah guitar towards the end for tension....and 'The sun smells too loud' which is now my fave mogwai song. it starts with a sequenced synth bass and electro percussion straight from the 80s and then just goes straight into the stratosphere!
It's bizarely up lifting/uptempo for mogwai, you can even dance to it! Its also got some lovely repeating guitar lines.
Go buy!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Now on their 6th album, the world has changed around Mogwai, yet Mogwai have remained resolute, evolving but unchanging : the mainstream has come to them - of a sort - through the appropriation of a similar style of music from other acts : bands that concentrate on moving away from the convention of melody and chorus/verse/solo to producing a music that operates in a different sphere of evocative, occasionally minimalist riffing. Mogwai, as an ethos, align themselves to a punk rock ethic of following your own muse, going where you want. Musically, "The Hawk is Howling" could best be described as a jazz metal drone LP. (Not a CD or a download, an LP, an old fashioned 33rpm vinyl disc that took up too much space when you had thousands of them.)

Face it, crazy it as it sounds, I actually have a music room. A whole room in my house made of CD's and LP's and cassette tapes. That's how ace music is. It's better than anything.

Anyway, "The Hawk is Howling" is a giant from these fiercely individual innovators. Production values have gone up - the songs sound slicker and wider than ever, but the songs themselves are still uncompromised. As long as you don't mention the words S**** R** or P*** R***, you should be OK. Mogwai really have very little to do with any of those words, except that their music is largely instrumental. They're out there, maybe on their own, maybe not, navigating some unusual path of their own, and they don't give a monkeys what you or anyone else think.

Follow the herd if you want, or be your own herd.

After a couple of years working on well-paying and relatively quick movie soundtracks, Mogwai return - though they never went away - with an album of effortless style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT FLIGHT
Published 6 months ago by Huntana
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, almost as good as Mr Beast but not quite
I've all Mogwai's albums (with the exception of Hardcore), and Mr Beast and Hawk is Howling are my favourites (maybe that doesn't make me a "true" Mogwai fan). Read more
Published 7 months ago by palaemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive thunder and subtile noise
After "come on die young", this is a second masterpiece of these Scottish noisemakers. They can attack your ears (specially live!) and touch your heart in one piece. Read more
Published 23 months ago by dre de laat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Not so much slowly slowly then crashy and fast as previous Mogwai albums but its no worse off for that! Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars the mighty `Gwai seem on top of their game
I have to admit I was left feeling a tad uninspired after hearing leaked versions of `Batcat' and the horrible `Sun Smells To Loud' and I feared Mogwai were going to be another... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Micky67
4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong album from Mogwai
This 2008 album from Mogwai sees them sticking faithfully to their formula rather than breaking new ground. But what a formula. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2010 by klaher
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Up until this release Mogwai have developed and refined their music and sound from album to album. Peaking with the sublime "Mr Beast". Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2009 by Øystein Bye
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Album
Listened to this on the bands myspace page and then bought the album the very next day its superb.Stand out tracks for me(and they're all good)are Scotlands shame,the precipice and... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2008 by P. G. Luckley
5.0 out of 5 stars mogwai's best album to date
as a fan of mogwai for years now i always anticipate their albums release. although the cover scares me alot i still had no hesitation in buying it. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2008 by J. Winterflood
4.0 out of 5 stars buy this if you like guitars
You'll love this - its great - you probably wont smile much while listening to it though.
Good for walking around town ignoring people
Published on 25 Sep 2008 by LUMBER JACK
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