14 years in tha making and we finally have a Mogwai live album. I can understand any possible reluctance in releasing a live album in the past. Mogwai are unquestionably brilliant live but it is nigh on impossible to capture the aural maelstrom that is Mogwai live and do it justice, impossible to replicate that shockwave that hits you in the chest and takes your breath away the split second after they cut loose on a song like Helicon 1 or Xmas Steps. This is kind of hinted at a couple of times on the DVD, most notably on Helicon 1 where the sound goes a bit muddy and I have visions of the mixing desk going haywire and clipping out all over the place, unable to cope with the magnitude of what it is trying to process.
So is this a big drawback? Not really because this is extremely well recorded, drawing out the intricacies and delicate melodies in Mogwai's music that lie beneath the wall of sound, something that you don't always pick up when you see them play live. What you get then on the CD, if less so on the DVD, is a very intimate recording of a very ferocious live band. So what you lose on one hand, you gain on the other in what is a very valuable and interesting album. The quality of the DVD recording is not as good as the CD but has a stronger tracklist.
Definitely an album to be highly recommnded.
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