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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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To all intents and purposes, this is an instrumental album. The human voice, where it makes an appearance, is often spoken word and hidden so far down in the mix it is impossible to understand (and not just because of the Scottish accents). If nothing more, it serves as proof to the doubting listener that humans were indeed present during the recording of this album. And here is a health warning for you: just as you should never return to a lighted firework, so should you never assume a Mogwai track has petered out to a slow rumble with a soft hi-hat accompaniment: you are likely to get your face blown off, or at least lose an ear.
“Yes! I am a long way from home” is the perfect start, as Mogwai ease the listener into their sound world, giving just a glimpse of what is coming, trying hard not to scare them off too soon. “Like Herod”, the first of many highlights, has a barely concealed aggression, like a tiger pounding its cage – just when you think it has fallen asleep, it pounces. Yes! it is a barrage of drums and guitars, but so much more than just that.
On to the rest of the highlights: “Tracy” is almost a lullaby, not going anywhere but maybe that’s just because it’s already there; “Summer”, if my memory can be relied upon, was something of a hit back in 1997 when the album was first released, and remains a highlight with its alternating soft/loud-ness which could be clichéd but isn’t; and “With Portfolio” offers another treat for the ears – were they testing a jet engine in the studio?Read more ›
In the end, though, reappraisal is unnecessary, for 'Young Team' was and remains a spectacular, incandescent rock record. There aren't many bands in Britain who are capable of both the shuddering death-metal of 'Like Herod''s loud bits and the poignant, crushing 'Tracy'. Compared with second album 'Come On Die Young' it sometimes seems a little under-realised - perhaps a result of the aforementioned rushing - but as 'Mogwai Fear Satan' envelops your stereo for fifteen utterly compelling minutes, it doesn't really matter.
The album begins with a woman's barely audible thoughts about Mogwai. If you turn up the volume and listen to what she's saying a few times you'll get to the heart of what the band is all about: "Music can put the human being in a trance-like state," she says, "because music is bigger than words and wider than fiction. ...if the stars had to sound," she adds later, "it would sound like this." Exactly! And if you don't come to feel this way after a few listens to it... well, then you don't deserve to own the album.
"Yes! I am a long way from home" is great. "Like Herod" takes some getting used to; the song is better heard live, because the loud and quiet parts of it seem to fit better that way. "Katrien" is the weakest song on the disk; it's not that it's bad, but just that it seems to lack the creativity and passion you can really feel in most of the other songs. "Radar Maker" is a beautiful, almost haunting segue into "Tracy," one of the best songs on the album. The beginning and end of "Tracy" contain portions of phone conversations about a fight between several of the members of the band. It seems Stuart punched Dom... Between these samples the song itself is incredible. It may sound cliche, but words fail to capture what the music itself conveys. "Summer" is an okay song, but like "Katrien" it doesn't really move me.Read more ›
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Bought after a reading a reference to the track Fear Satan in the novel "Pandaemonium" and it didn't disappoint. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2013 by Indigoicl
Haven't heard for a long time. Brought memories back and brilliant music, completely diverse, amazing. Love it! Thank you. Came in beautiful condition as usual.Published on 17 Sept. 2013 by Disco 72
Perfect antidote to Sunday mornings, starts quiet then wakes you up with a load roar of guitars. Should have bought it years agoPublished on 5 April 2013 by Mark Pezzotta
Vocals have been the forefront of musical entertainment for several decades now. The jazz instrumentalists were soon pushed aside by the forerunners of rock and roll. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2012 by Gregory
I'm suprised that no-one has review this 2008 reissure of 'Mogwai Young Team', the first Mogwai album. I just bought it and it's rather good. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2010 by N. Macdougall
I've only given this one listen through so far, and I've loved every bit of it so far. First stand-out track was Tracy, and it was only after listening to the sublime Mogwai Fear... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2007 by Mr. J. Tweedie
This is simply an awesome album. Words fail to do it justice but i am compelled to offer up a few, because it is so worthy of respect. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2007 by D. Copeland