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4.0 out of 5 stars
Enthraling listen, just under the right circumstances..., 9 Jan 2007
To say this is a bad album would be fallacious, as in truth it is far from it. Sure, when compared to other Mogwai albums it doesn't really compare, but alternate associations aside "A 21st Century Portriat" can be nothing short of stunning. With deep and mesmerizing tracks throughout, it can capture and submerge the listener into whatever imagery the compositions create. However, i only found this was truely effective when I had time to myself, to generally listen with intent to the moods being created. Upon a listen while out travelling, i found the tracks were a slight bore to listen to, as they were nowhere near having similar effects as to when I had time to myself.
So in sumary, while out on the move, the album will seem a bore, but given the time to concentrate and listen, this album can be deeply absorbing. Perhaps not recommended if you are expecting the usual Mogwai riffage, but brilliant album nonetheless.