Mogwai Young Team (studio album) by Mogwai

Mogwai Young Team by Mogwai
Year: 1997
Overall rank: 871st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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From 03/06/2022 11:24
A very strong first half but the second half does lack the punch of the opening tracks. There is a lot of great material on here and while it can get confused amongst the weaker stuff it still shines through on tracks like Tracy. You can picture the vibe and atmosphere they are going for pretty well and they do pull it off to a reasonable extent which creates a very nice album to chill to. That would be the main reason for coming back to this record as it is just so relaxing and easy to listen to that it would be perfect for unwinding. However, it does struggle in terms of quality and depth to keep me engaged for the full run time which does run a little too long as well. Overall, a good post rock album with some great cuts on here but there are better albums in the genre to explore before this one.
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From 02/21/2018 08:22
Generally a really pleasant listen. Sadly I see tons and tons of unused potential in some of these songs (especially on some on the material in the Deluxe Edition, which I purchased).

While there are a few really amazing gems on here, (mainly "R U Still In 2 It?" and "Tracy", but I also enjoy "Like Herod" and "Mogwai Fear Satan" a lot) many songs aren't developed enough to stand on their own.
While enjoyable, they like to linger too long on one part, without offering much of a pay-off or a development of those musical ideas.

One of the best examples for this is "Young Face Gone Wrong", the first song from the second disk of the Deluxe Version.
It sports a truly amazing melody, which doesn't go anywhere. It just hurts seeing the potential for something I could LOVE, but it going to waste... that song is basically this record in a nutshell.

also: I noticed that the remastered version, which I bought was mixed with EXTREME overbearing low-end. Had to manually adjust the levels on all of those tracks down by about 4dB I'm guessing from top of the head, to get into managable territorys.
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From 04/15/2017 11:02
I haven't listened to this album in years, I almost forgot how wonderful it is, sometimes it's so beautiful it makes me want to cry. Fav tracks: Tracy, R u Still in 2 it.
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From 03/29/2015 17:33
their best!
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From 02/14/2015 19:21
The first half was mind-blowing. The second half kind of bored me. I'm definitely going to give it a few more spins though. The overall sound is wonderful.
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From 01/18/2015 20:52
Dark, atmospheric and emotional. One of the best post rock albums ever.
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From 11/06/2014 08:57
Post rock classic, for sure.
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From 10/13/2014 00:38
Wow. Just wow. Mogwai's debut is a post-rock masterpiece. Godspeed You! Black Emperor delivers a more transcending sound, this one is more descending feel. What I mean by that is that it brings you more centered and feel like one with everything around you. Powerful album.
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From 08/28/2014 12:04
I love a band that can be both wistfully beautiful and crushingly powerful within the same album. The amount of different sounds they tackle on this album is staggering. The playing is fantastic especially the drums. Clearly Like Herod and Mogwai Fear Satan are the big guns here if you’re thinking purely crescedo- core Post Rock with their head banging payoffs. Like Herod in particular reminds me at times of Sister-era Sonic Youth, Godflesh, and a more Kim Thayil focused Soundgarden. But the other tracks are killer too. Katrien is like Velvet Underground’s the Gift set to ferocious post rock and the drumming is superlative.
Then there’s Radar Maker’s haunting, emotive piano and Summer’s Slint & Filosofem-style Burzum mashup. Tracy is simply drop dead gorgeous, and With Portfolio stuns with a white noise loop that seems to shoot from speaker to speaker. Then R U Still In It finally answers the question of what would happen if either Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) or Stuart Staples (Tindersticks) had decided to front a post-rock band. A Cheery Wave sounds like Faith-era The Cure if Robert Smith had been, um.. cheery. Finally, Mogwai Fear Satan recalls MBV era Loveless and probably most likely influenced Justin Broadrick’s Jesu. That’s a lot of ground to cover in just one hour. Highly Recommended! ****
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