This review is from: I Was Here for a Moment, then I Was Gone (Audio CD)
This is definitely the most ambitious and consistent album MSW have recorded.
Whilst maintaining their instrumental post-rock sound and keeping a lot of their signature sounds and identity, this album is a big shift in style and mood. Gone are the samples, techno-loops and excessive distortion or nagging Casio keyboards, and in comes a more delicate mature experience with string arrangements and minor chords. There is still energy, but it is more urgent and controlled. There is still heaviness, but without the chaos or ferocity. There is still passion, but it's directed into a more beautifully tragic and melancholic tone whilst rarely being quiet or slow.
Although this album provides the most enjoyable continuous experience from start to finish compared to previous efforts, the benefit of consistency brings the risk of repetition. The album certainly has a climax, but it generally lacks the variety that's found in their earlier albums. You will probably not find their very best songs on this album either, tracks made great by their dramatic euphoria from when they were younger. However, the band has clearly grown and harnessed their talent very well to produce arguably their most solid album yet.