This cd reminds me a lot of Sigur Ros. There is the slow, methodical instrumentation. The slow, murmered vocals, which are often unintelligable. And the fact that on paper it sounded like a cd I should love but in reality don’t.
Mogwai is like the American counterpart to Sigur Ros. Granted, the majority of the songs don’t have lyrics in gibberish (in fact, most of Mogwai’s songs don’t have lyrics, period), but the same general vibe is there.
My main problem with this cd is that there is a lot of redundancy. Both in actual sound and general feel as the cd progresses. Listening to track one gives the same slow, sad sensation as track two or track three. Sometimes to vary it up they try for a slow, “warm fuzzy feeling” build, but often don’t succeed in the “warm” and “fuzzy” elements.
If you like Sigur Ros or Godspeed You! Black Emporor give this cd a try. If Sigur Ros or GY!BE annoy the dickens out of you, like they do me, advoid this offering like the plague.
Note: For you computer gurus, there is a bonus part for your Windows-compatible computer. They have included a demo version of Cubase SX, a music program, which will allow you to remix the song, “Hunted By A Freak”. Enjoy.