Glasgow Mega-Snake

A week ago, I picked up Mogwai’s new CD, Mr Beast. The day of its official U.S. release, which is something I rarely do. (Much like my aversion to seeing popular movies on opening weekend. But then, Mogwai’s hardly a “popular” band, eh?)

Anyway, I’d read several reviews (and “reviews”) of the CD leading up to its domestic release, and the two most frequent descriptions were: (1) it’s bigger and louder than anything since Young Team, and (2) it seems to adequately capture what they sound like live. I can’t speak much to that second point having only seen the band once, but I’m pretty familiar with their repertoire. Personally, I find Young Team to be overrated . . . yeah, it’s huge and the songs are epics, blah, blah, but it’s not focused. I’d always preferred Come On Die Young, even though it’s one long build with very little release. I’d compare the new CD more to Rock Action (for diversity and electronics, only half the songs on the new one aren’t short interludes) and the last CD (Happy Music for Happy People; for the omnipresent use of piano).

In summary, I heartily recommend this CD. You should make Mr Beast a part of your life. Especially Rob and Bob.

I was telling Michelle how this spring is loaded with CDs by many bands I’ve been following (both actively and passively). Hope I have enough money to get them all. And I hope half of them are as worthwhile as Mr Beast.

Posted by Scott-san on 03/14 at 12:13 PM
  1. OK, I’m on it.  Thanks.

    Posted by rob  on  03/14  at  02:40 PM
  2. so this is where the man hangs out now. dude, update your links, too!

    Posted by marshmallow  on  03/15  at  12:10 AM
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