And The Glass Handed Kites CD
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Producing dark and atmospheric songs, Mew possess a graceful beauty and create an epic sound with strikingly memorable tunes over which delicate vocals soar to angelic heights. Two years after their award-winning debut album Frengers wowed the critics, the Danish four-piece's follow-up, And The Glass Handed Kites is the fourth album for the dream-pop four piece but only the second to be available to a worldwide audience. Mew And The Glass Handed Kites features 14 total tracks including "Apocalypso", "Chinaberry Tree", "A Dark Design", "White Lips Kissed", "The Zookeeper's Boy", "Small Ambulance" and more.
Not a lot of bands make records like And The Glass-Handed Kites anymore. Grandiose in conception and epic in scope, it puts Mew in a rarefied circle of bands--Sigur Ros, The Mars Volta--pushing at rocks glass ceiling in the hope of breaking through to some brave new plane.
Those looking for a quick fix may be frightened off by the opening "The Circuitry Of The Wolf", tangles of Sonic Youth guitar and distorted drums synchronised into sinister, driving riffs. Persist, though, for its not long until the ice begins to crack: "Apocalypso" is rent by bursts of spectacular tunefulness and glimmering xylophone passages, before melding imperceptibly into "Special", one of the albums more delightfully restrained moments. "The Zoopkeepers Boy", meanwhile, imagines Mercury Rev holidaying within the Arctic Circle, chiming guitars and curiously zoological lyrics melding into something quite unique.
If theres a problem to And The Glass Handed Kites, it that Mew constantly seem to reaching for the stars--a noble aim, but one that, across 55 minutes, can be quite wearing. Like Sigur Ros, theyre a band for a time and a place, the peak of slow-moving glaciers, the honeymoon suite of the ice hotel. Dont overplay them, or they lose their magic. --Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The special thing about '....Kites' is the fact that the whole CD flows. The song never seems to end and one track just flows into the other with ease. 'Louise Louisa' is my favourite track. I urge you to buy this album and Frengers. This Danes will surely be a band you'll want to have in your collection.
Standout tracks - "Special", "Why Are You Looking Grave", "Apocalypso", and "An Envoy To The Open Fields".
And the Danish band not disappoint in "And the Glass Handed Kites," which takes the style of their third album "Frengers" and expands on it. The result? A brilliant, shimmering piece of rock'n'roll that sounds like nothing -- and everything -- else.
It opens with a soft whine, some hesitant drums and tuning guitar, as if the band is just starting a live set. Then they gradually swing into a solid, ringing guitar riff interspersed with blasting bass and soft shimmers of keyboard. No lyrics. Except for a few angel-rock cries, they don't need 'em.
That changes with the swirling "Chinaberry Tree," with Jonas Bjerre singing about a passionate love that is disrupted: "As my first love said to me:/"I don't care. I'm not there"/So that I could not sleep/My whole being was falling apart/So that I soon cried out: "Dear friends, hold me!"
From there on, Mew tear through other sorts of music: thunderous hard rock, shivering proggy pop, riff-heavy indierock, epic anthems of stormy sound, and silvery sweeps of eerie balladry. What's more, the songs all flow into each other with hardly any pauses, until it sounds like one enormous song.
Breakout albums are usually a bit more commercial than this one -- although the songs can be catchy, there aren't any real singles, and you'd be hard-pressed to find something so intricate and intelligent on MTV.
And their music is what makes them so brilliant -- ringing, driving riffs, sharp percussion and thunderlike bass spill over the circling melodies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 6 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
It rarely gets better than this. Definitely the finest of Mews releases that I've heard, this is an incredible album that'll grow on you and stay there. Read morePublished on 23 July 2011 by Gary G
To have come across this review, then Mew have probably been recommended to you by another Mew fanatic, or you've been lucky enough to have accidentally caught them live - they... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2007 by Hawkeye
Mew are a powerful band, blending hard rock, prog and indierock with a sweeping hand, and turning out expansive music that sounds like nothing else. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2007 by EA Solinas
The second release from this Danish band sees them really aiming for the stars...and meaning it! I loved their first (UK) album "Frengers" but this a big step up. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2006 by Viper
just go & buy this cd right now...i'm gonna let the music do most of the talking....as i think it should... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2006 by Mr. Marc Gibson
This is one of the most beautiful albums you will ever hear, it's in the same league as sigor ros but the sound is far more pop/rock. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2006 by alveon jonsi
The last time I looked, it was 2006 in the UK, but for some reason it still seems to be 1972 in Denmark, at least where Mew are concerned and they appear quite undaunted by the... Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2006 by Thoughtform