Hmmmmmmm, remix albums can be like marmite - you either love it or hate it. In this case had the opening 4 tracks been removed then the overall picture would have been better. A wrenched virile lore gives Mogwai's previous album (Hardcore will never die, but you will) the electro pop treatment and it's not very pretty. The first 4 tracks are awful, remixes that sound like they have been done with a spectrum or commodore. Most of the album completely butchers the sounds you would associate with Mogwai, only tracks 8-10 sound remotely like the band. A couple of other songs towards the end of the album pick up before being destroyed by more unnecessary electro pop, especially 6 which starts off with some great Spanish guitar until the dreaded electronic influence ruins it. For die-hard Mogwai fans I can only warn you that its not an impressive album
I'm a massive Mogwai fan and was really looking forward to this release of remixes. While it's above average from start to finish, it does lack any single killer track and starts to feel a bit samey if you're listening closely. That said, it's great to stick on for background music; either at work or for a late-night trip, but 1998's 'Kicking a Dead Pig' as a far more diverse and interesting collection of remixes in my opinion.
Before I say anything, I think it's only fair to mention that this is exactly what I expected of another Mogwai remix album. We need only to look at the artists they have selected for the job to see that it's not going to be an easy listen. There's none of the usual canon for this genre on remixing duty, i.e. the four tet and burials of this world, despite that this is exactly what most of their audience want. Therein lies the problem, that there seems to be a fundamental discrepancy between what influences Mogwai and what influences their audience. They make their own form of gritty yet cinematic post-rock, but none-the-less, they are post-rock and as a result, most of their followers ascribe to that aesthetic. On the other hand, Mogwai's personal influences appear to stem from a destructive/punk aesthetic, which is far more apparent on their earlier records - and through their choice of producers/artists for this album.
Therefore, expect a lot of noise and not a lot of melody. There are a couple of saving graces to the record, namely Umberto and RM Hubbert's efforts - and Zombi's remix has a great 80's electro feel that just falls short of the mark when it fails to progress any further. But overall, it's dense, obtuse and seemingly intentionally under-produced - just the way they like it.
Most surprised to see such negative reviews on here. Personally I think this is a great remix album and actually very much in keeping with tone of 'Hardcore....'. Some saying it isn't an easy listen but I'd say: A. That's par for the course. and B. Isn't it nice for your ear to be challenged by music? Am a long time Mogwai fan and would recommend this to anyone else who is a fan. True it is not perhaps the best place to start out on your Mogwai journey, but who picks a group's eighth or ninth album -and a remix album at that- as their first?