Having been forced to listen to this album whilst at work in the shop, I feel moved to try at least to convey the agony it put me through. If this passage of text does begin to resemble something akin to therapy, rather than a review, then I can only apologise.
I was taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions listening to this album, ranging from fury so intense that it made my hands shake, to despair so crushing that I had to make desperate efforts to hold back tears - I was, after all, at work in a shop. I promise, I swear to God that I try to hear the beauty in any music I listen to, but I completely failed with this album.
I am amazed and confounded by some of the poor reviews that this album is receiving from fans. I consider 'Zidane:...' to be a return to form for Mogwai after a few albums that fell slightly short of the high standard set on 'Young Team' and 'Come On Die Young', as well as probably my favourite album of last year. At last Mogwai have produced something of the epic proportions of their early albums.
The possibilities, limitations and conventions of soundtrack writing are very good for Mogwai. The fact that the music was written as a soundtrack means that the album posesses an intense unity and strength in structure which only 'CODY' comes close to matching. There are themes,… Read more
It's difficult for me to decide how I feel about this album. It's certainly better than Rock Action which I think failed for me for a combination of two reasons: it's short and it seemed to contain an awful lot of unremarkable gap fillers meaning that there's at most about twenty-five minutes of really great music to rival the stuff that appeared in droves on Young Team and Come On Die Young. Happy Songs for Happy People is also short - 41 or so minutes, but the annoying non-entity type tracks, O I Sleep being a prime example have been left off. The album is full of consistantly great music all the way through. So why only four stars? On Young Team and CODY Mogwai produced music… Read more