Mogwai
Young Team


4.5
superb

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
March 17th, 2005 | 126 replies | 29,175 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Mogwai's debut is an interesting one. Mixing large soundscapes with pretty epics and explosions of noise, "Young Team" displayed what Mogwai's early releases promised. Considered by many to be Mogwai's best release, "Young Team" is actually considered by Mogwai to be their worst album. Whatever the case, "Young Team" is an excellent album with plenty of fun, noise, beauty and diversity to keep most listeners happy.

Mogwai are:

Stuart Braithwaite guitars / keyboards / percussion
John Cummings guitars / piano
Dominic Aitchison bass / guitar
Martin Bulloch drums

Mogwai have an interesting mix of sounds on their album. They are definitely a post-rock band, but while their peers like Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky have one specific sound that works extremely well for them, Mogwai have quite a few different sounds, yet still a distinct "Mogwai" sound. "Like Herod" is a song that most hard rock fans would find extremely headbangable and will scare most listeners with the explosions of loudness from the fairly quiet sound that the song begins with. "Radar Maker" is a pretty ambient interlude that sounds like Brian Eno's ambient era.

Though all of these sounds work extremely well for Mogwai, the places they excell in are when they make long drawn out epics. The album closer, "Mogwai Fear Satan" (also the album's best track) manages to stay interesting for a whole 16:18, despite the fact that it hardly moves out of the one single riff for a whole sixteen minutes. Genius. The album uses length to it's advantage. Breaks between tracks become hard to hear and the album all flows into one. It's odly the faster paced songs that end up as epics and the slower songs that feel more like interludes. Because Mogwai excel at making long epic songs, the album also feels like one big long epic song.

Whether "Young Team" is Mogwai's best or worst album is irrelevant. It's an excellent album and deserves just about all of the praise it receives. Instrumentation is excellent, guitars and drums especially and the piano is nice. Mogwai make everything they do on "Young Team" excellent. Some of the songs rock. Some are just slow beautiful songs. Some of them are breathtaking epics. The whole album, however is excellent.

Pros

- A good range of material
- Mastery of everything they attempt
- Some really incredible and beautiful songs

Cons

- Some tracks may be seen as filler, though they all fit in
- Long songs may bore people
- Some may wish that there were more of one certain style of song

Reccomended Tracks

Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home
Tracy
Mogwai Fear Satan

Reccomended For Fans of:

Explosions In The Sky
Slint
Radiohead
Smashing Pumpkins

FINAL RATING: 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Adam Jones is GOD
March 17th 2005



113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Having picked this album up after most of Mogwais other releases, the only thing that dissapointed me was the album production. Apart from that, the songs on here are fantastic, Mogwai Fear Satan is magical when played live.

Good review too, gets the idea of this album across well

Little Man being Erased
March 17th 2005



87 Comments


Dammit bread, you keep making me want to buy new albums.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 18th 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heh, thanks, but I just realised I used the word 'excellent' far too much

el doctor
March 19th 2005



83 Comments


It's certainly a wonderful album. My standouts are the blissful Tracy, the heavy Like Herod, and the beautiful epic Mogwai Fear Satan. This is definitely my favorite Mogwai album too.

masada
June 11th 2005



2733 Comments


Fantastic band, fantastic album. I like Mogwai much, much more than Sigur Ros and other "post-rock" bands.

analrightstart
October 26th 2005



96 Comments


i have CODY, My Father My King, and most of Rock Action, but i havnt yet heard anything off this. I really should get my act together

Zebra
Moderator
October 26th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mogwai is amazing, they are very underated. This album is one of my favorite post-rock cd's.

Killtacular
October 30th 2005



1314 Comments


I'm in the process of listening to this, and I must say, I like it.
I like it a lot.

Neoteric
December 6th 2005



3243 Comments


None of you non-scottish people know what a young team is do you?

innerdark
December 6th 2005



749 Comments


lol no, they don't del

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 8th 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why don't you tell us?


Neoteric
December 8th 2005



3243 Comments


It is like a team of neds (or chavs as you call it) that always fight and it's kinda like a small fight-club. It's a scottish thing =/

Maybe Hoppus will explain it better.

Killtacular
December 8th 2005



1314 Comments


We call them wiggers in Amerika.

masada
December 9th 2005



2733 Comments


Oh, you Scottish.

gaslight
January 17th 2006



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mogwai are one of my favourite bands. Beautiful songs here, like all Mogwai albums it is best listened to all the way through, because some of the tracks really aren't things you'd listen to on their own. One of my favourites is R U Still In 2 It?. I love the Mogwai tracks with vocals.

The Jungler
May 7th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is fantastic.

AlienEater
May 14th 2006



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tis my favourite Mogwai CD.

Two-Headed Boy
November 14th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Like Herod" sounds like an overly long Nirvana outtake.

Otherwise, this album is gold.

slack
November 14th 2006



248 Comments


Pretty decent album, but there's a lot of post rock out there that blows it away. R U Still Into It is my favorite.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
July 1st 2008



862 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Mogwai Fear Satan... probably my favourite post rock song of all time, right up there with GY!BE's Sleep and Mono's Moonlight.

Easily Mogwai's best release, there's just something here which their other album's lack. Bumping this to a classic despite a couple throwaway tracks.



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