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Mew and the Glass Handed Kites [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000CS4JQQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
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.
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By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The follow-up Album to "Frengers", "...And the Glass Handed Kites" is quite simply the album of the year. At the same time A concept album, it is an album full of amazing individual songs, and not one of the 14 tracks is a let down, even some of the shorter instrumental tracks. With an 80's disco vibe mixed with some of the hardest prog-rock throughout, this danish 4 piece have made an album that requires listen after listen after listen. The singles, "Apocalypso, Special and the forthcomeing Zookeeper's Boy" are all amazing, yet every single song is a work of art in itself whether it be the rawcous opener "Circuitry of the wolf" or the soul-breaking "Louise Louisa". Still not quite getting the listening figures or publicity they deserve, the live experience only cements what should be one of the biggest albums and bands of the year.
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best records of the year. Frengers was made from other recordings spanning over 5 years or so. But '....Kites' is something alot darker and alot more well 80's!
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Unlike most rock music around at the minute, Mew's music actually makes you feel GOOD!! Hard to believe I know, but buy this album and you really will not be disappointed. Absolutely stunning.
Standout tracks - "Special", "Why Are You Looking Grave", "Apocalypso", and "An Envoy To The Open Fields".
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
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.

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.
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By Mild Dill Hotpot TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It absolutely astonishes me sometimes, how a band like this can go unnoticed for so long and yet be SO freakin' good!!! This is my first foray into their music and as a lover of ' Mercury Rev ' and ' MGMT ' I have found soul-mates in ' MEW '. Orchestral, lavish and sprawling, their music is soulful, intelligent and thoughtful, a perfect accompaniment for a Hot Summer's Day. Oh MEW...you have melted my heart!!!
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