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3.0 out of 5 stars Mogwai tread water, 31 Aug 2010
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The trouble with the, so called "Post Rock" genre is it is just that, it is "post" rock. It doesn't rock. Mogwai are a typical example of this. Songs begin quietly, and then build up into a lot of noise, and return to being quiet again, or just stay quiet. Only Slint are actually capable of holding one's attention in this way, as their songs have a really creepy and menacing way about them. Added to by barely discernable words, deepening the mystery. Mogwai, after a lot of sweet albums, come nowhere near this. It is doubtful whether they ever will, quite frankly.

As for the dvd. Mogwai are not performers. It might aswell be a group of roadies on stage. Lots of stern faces and un-memorable people. A black and white setting, presumeably, to make the performers more interesting than they are, which is clearly impossible. Like a lot of modern bands they have little or no presence.

Mogwai - trapped in a cul-de-sac of mediocrity.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2010 10:08:26 BDT
Congratulations. This is quite possibly the most clueless and ill-informed comment ever posted. Hats off.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2010 19:51:56 BDT
P. J. Sharp says:
Bizarre - to accuse Mogwai of a 'typical example' of anything seems ill informed. Yes Slint had one excellent CD, with 2 REALLY good tunes on it - but that's it. Do we have to listen to those 2 over and over? I think Happy Songs was below average, Mr.Beast very good, but Hawk is Howling is tremendous.
If you have ever seen. heard, felt(?) their live shows then you would not call them typical of anything.
What sort of live presnece do you want - maybe if they get Robbie Williams on lead vocals or perhaps a Freddie Mercury tribute singer?
Thanks for the laugh

Posted on 17 Sep 2010 12:13:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2010 12:19:25 BDT
"The trouble with the, so called "Post Rock" genre is it is just that, it is "post" rock. It doesn't rock.'???????" It would appear that you've competely missed the point of the term, the genre & the music. It is 'post' rock, which informs one, right from the outset that this is a type of music which comes after the standard rock genre, a move forward, the next step in the evolutionary chain if you like. Rock (one would assume AC/DC and their ilk) and Post Rock (GSY!BE, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky etc) are completely and utterly different types of music; to deride post rock for not being rock enough is utterly fatuous, it's like criticising World Music for not having enough Opera singers and therefore utterly facile and irrelevant.

Posted on 24 Sep 2010 15:01:03 BDT
Keith says:
So basically you have listened to a band you don't like (any more), a type of music you don't like/rate, and (surprise) didn't like this CD/DVD. What was the point of reviewing it?
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