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the sound of a band running on empty
on 12 June 2003
Man i used to love this band! 5 years ago it all seemed so promising, but after the brain meltingly awful Rock Action I guess it's a miracle they're as capable as anything even as bearable as this. Funny, considering how Mogwai once slated Rothko for making a bunch of tuneless reverb-laden drones, what this album mostly consists of is, er, tuneless reverb-laden drones.
Where Mogwai's music used to have real form and dynamics, here we just get a tired repetition of "quiet start....look it's getting louder-ooh it's quiet again didn't see that coming did you?" then the track probably stops (most of them are pretty short) or if they're feeling saucy - it might get a bit louder again. And the less said about the wretched electronic beats and treated vocals the better. Why the hell do they keep flogging that dead horse?
It would be unfair to say this is a bad record - it's perfectly listenable, but this band always had potential to be a bit more intersting than that. Not as bad as the last one, but it's over produced and underwritten.