You Are There [VINYL]
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Anyone familiar with Mono will know what they're about- soaring guitars, crunching riffs, frantic tremelo picking and emotion conveyed entirely through instruments. Mono don't have vocals in their compositions, because Mono have absolutely no need for them. I use the word 'composition' very deliberately here, because it applies to Mono perhaps more than any other band - these are considered, meticulously crafted pieces of music, and there is simply never a dull moment. Mono approach the studio as though they are playing live, and it's evident here - although every track is planned out and designed very well, the emotion that comes with a live concert is translated almost perfectly onto CD, an accomplishment few bands could even consider attempting, let alone succeeding in.
Every single track is amazing. In other reviews, I have noted some negative points to tracks and bands, but it's very difficult to fault this album. The beauty is there in abundance, and a more piano-orientated feel is still present on 'The Remains Of The Day', a soft and wonderful piece of music. Yet, despite the sweeping elegance of the emotion conveyed, 'You Are There' is still very much trademark Mono, and finds them in the form of their lives. The guitar work is sublime, and at times absolutely brutal - when I saw them live, Taka actually wore down his pick on the strings, such was the speed of the playing.Read more ›
Using only guitars and drums the sound this quartet produce is unmatched, as they grow from the most delicate to the most ferocious and back again effortlessly. With an almost organic nature the tracks evolve with each listen forming new sculptures of sound and imagery, they captivate the mind and senses of the listener. Like a field of butterflies in flight, delicate and beautiful, yet complex and awe inspiring as a collective, Mono's recordings transcends and redefines the very essence of how music should sound by adding this rare, yet delicately exquisite passion and allure that keeps you spell-bound throughout the entirety of the album.
Its difficult to actually put into words the juxtaposition of beauty and power that `You Are There' creates as the shear depth and drive it contains really need to be experienced to get the just of exactly what Mono are capable of.Read more ›
I find Mono very hard not to listen to: I usually end up transfixed. You are There contains all the hypnotic, enigmatic qualities of pervious works.
If you're new to Mono this is definately a good start. But beware, you may find yourself buying all their works!
Finally, I was introduced to Mono by John Peel (GRHS). He played Sabbath from One Step More ...... I was hooked.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being a fan of "post rock" i gave in to the exultant reviews of this group and bought this one.There is nothing original here and the "chiming" guitar crescendos are as overused... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2009 by PP
This is the first and only Mono record I own. They play instrumental rock music (or post rock if you prefer that term) and I feel that they're greatly influenced by the masters of... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2008 by Stefanos K27