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on 11 February 2006
I loved the band when I first discovered them, but there are only so many times you can play an album of radio-friendly potential singles, even with their prog. rock tendancies and experimental moments. Notable memories being Comforting Sounds and She Came Home For Christmas.
Frengers was good, but ATGHK is EXCELLENT.
It IS epic. Continuous but identifiable tracks blended together to create a piece of art, not just "an album", so delicious, so edible.
Mew continues its style of trad. band combined with a shimmering of synths, effects and unconventional instrumentation. Sprinkled with beautiful layered vocals and harmonies.
If I were to criticise the release, I would mention how it doesn't quite fit first listen. It's not like a comfortable pair of jeans you can just slip on - it takes time to get used to, and I recommend breaking it down into individual tracks first and then, once familiar, playing the whole album through in order.
I might also mention my disappointment over the fact that there are so many wonderful ideas on the disc, like a Pick-n-Mix, but that they are generally brief and leave you wishing they'd extended them. They are willing to tempt you, not fulfil you (!)
But buy this. If you liked Frengers for its catchy but alternative tracks, try this to expand your love of music. Or if you got bored with Frengers after a time because after all was said and done, the songs could creep into mainstream, buy this because it's a Declaration of Independence, an assertation of the band's new and improved uniqueness.
Give it a chance - Mew are definitely going to leave you craving more.