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Fabulously unlike anything else,
This review is from: No More Stories (Audio CD)
Wow. There's few other words capable of describing the aural feast that is Mew's third album - there's more here to digest than that considerable mouthful of a title.
Don't be deceived by confused opener New Terrain - No More Stories... is a magnificent, experimental, post-pop album. Mew have made an album more joyous than their previous output would suggest, avoiding their previous two albums' heavy set and musical angst.
Sometimes Life Isn't Easy is one of the highlights: almost impossible to describe, and certainly impossible to categorise, it sounds almost like Sigur Ros playing Coldplay. Other highlights include Cartoons And Macramé Wounds and the pure pop rush of Hawaii and Repeaterbeater. Tricks Of The Trade builds a haunting atmosphere, while Reprise is a beautifully gentle closer.
In all, No More Stories... is the album where Mew finally nail all the details - every sound is fleshed out, but not overproduced, the songwriting is at its peak, the psychedelia actually sounds fresh, and they're finally making the music no one else can make.