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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B000025ABP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Albion Rose
9. Mompou
10. Distroia
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Purveyors of blubbery, squelchy Krautrock, in the past German post-techno outfit Mouse On Mars have suffered from an excess of wibble, and a surfeit of groove. It's good to see that on Niun Niggung, they're making a good go at redressing the balance. "Yippie" joyfully patters into life, a constantly remoulding, shifting surface of bubbly playdoh funk that knocks the likes of Mouse On Mars' closest competitors--ambient technoids Plone, or the doped-out burble of Two Lone Swordsmen circa Stay Down--into a cocked hat. It's a shame, though, that Niun Niggung suffers from the same faults that have plagued some of Mouse On Mars' previous albums--there's a lingering, fidgety texture to "Super Sonig Fadeout" and "Distroia" that sees the best ideas hastily discarded, and then linger on Mouse On Mars rooting aimlessly through the sonic dustbin. Shame, because on the whole, this is their best effort yet --Louis Pattison

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cox on 14 Mar 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you can picture a brass band standing in mud in the year 2040 and their exploits being recorded by a couple of slightly Python-esque scientists, then you have the jist of this little treat. It opens with said brass band burbling to a gorgeous climax before they all fall over, and then they get up again and celebrate their misfortunes by getting into ska, beach boys bubblegum pop and some sort of new orleans gumbo too. The scientists wreck havoc by knocking over every test tube to look for a beat they may have constructed and 'distroia' highlights the fact that the french haven't got all the best tunes. Then, ten minutes after the band have slipped down a well and the mud has hardened, one of the scientists tip toes back into the lab and begins to tinker away, out come some more phials and the workings of a new experiment emerges. They made Stereolab into a wonderful pop machine, they let you into their workshop here, what happens next is anyones guess.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have never heard anything else like this album. The way MoM combine squelchy, bubbly electronica with organic instrumental sounds is just fantastic. The songs are constantly evolving and hence are never boring - they also have a very playful character to them so it sounds as if the makers are really having fun, and want you to share in it. The opening track 'Download Sofist' is just glorious (only perhaps too short!), the melody and sounds are wonderful. Other tracks like 'Yippie' are very bouncy and full of quirky noises, which keep the ears fully occupied. In short, I thouroughly recommend this album!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is currently my favourite electronic album and it never leaves my headphones for long. There's a sense of humour at work here that makes its presence known after repeated listening and the programming is inspired. It never fails to put a skip in my step if it's on my walkman when I nip down the shops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mouse on Mars' best 20 May 2011
By William D. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was a fan from Mouse on Mars' first release, Frosch, back in 1994. Seventeen years later I'm still a rabid fan. All of their releases have something to offer (Autoditacker and Idiology maybe a tad less than the others, IMO), but Niun Niggung was a landmark offering at the time of its release in 2000 and remains my favorite MoM album. It's electronic yet warm, frenetic yet melodic, danceable yet meditative. The attention to sonic detail is marvelous, and it amazes me that with all of the twiddly, glitchy, squiggly sounds that permeate the nooks of each composition, each track travels a narrative arc that feels more like a fantastic journey than an exercise in electronic musical know-how (as such it certainly would qualify). Mouse on Mars know how to make interesting sounds and they know how to write a song, and Niun Niggung is proof of both.
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dON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER 10 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I want to like this cd, I really do, but as many times as i listen to it just seems like i can't quite enjoy it. I think their first 2 albums were masterpieces but this newest album really lacks the early dub sound or playfulness. There just seems to much "House" fiddly synth stuff. The only track i really enjoy are the download sofist and disrtroia(the single which i enjoyed very much.)But please check out other MoM items and maybe even this one would be your cup of tea.
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