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Sombre soundtrack from Mogwai
on 28 December 2006
I haven't seen the film of which this is a soundtrack yet, but you can almost see Zidane moving in slow motion while listening to it. Ever wondered what Mogwai would sound like without the explosions of sound akin to galaxies colliding with one another? Then look no further. This album is almost like a flip-side of Mr. Beast's closing 'We're No Here', that one that was Mogwai wthout the quiet bits.
What you get is the band exploring a more ambient landscape, and in the context of the film this may work, but as a stand-alone album it is too slight, mainly as most of the songs are lacking that vital spark that ignites Mogwai's finest works, and I don't just mean the loud bit. Whereas something like Helicon 2 is wonderful, tuneful and even kind of playful, nothing here does that. For the most part the album doesn't only miss the noise, it also misses good melody, always a Mogwai strong point. Too many of the songs meander pointlessly, the 25 minute hidden track the best example. Again, in the context of the film these songs may work, but here mostly they do not.
That is not to say that the album is dire and devoid of merit. It does have its moments, Black Spider is the closest to classic Mogwai and pretty good, as is Half Time and Wake Up and Go Berserk, but shamefully these moments are few and far between.
This album is not a good introduction to what Mogwai do.