MOGWAI, MR. BEAST (2006)
The last couple of Mogwai albums have well and truly established the band’s sound. The arrival of a new album therefore brings with it a degree of understanding and not just regarding the quiet/loud dynamic that the band have perfected over the last 10 years. Mr. Beast therefore, is somewhat revelatory, not because it sounds different, but because structurally it is a marked difference. The LP is unusually short, just XX in length which for a Mogwai LP is brief. Very brief. This however, is not a bad thing. Mr. Beast is a refined piece of work, tight, concise and still with the emotional weight that Mogwai punch, Mr. Beast is terrifyingly focused, full of anger, stiring beauty and tight, punchy ideas. In many respects it is Mogwai’s most cohesive work, full of ideas and thoughts, cleverly realised and seemingly effortlessly brilliant.