Mew
No More Stories


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
August 30th, 2009 | 18 replies | 3,685 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mew have reached their full potential. Listening to this it's hard to imagine any other band creating epic pop songs as well as Mew and execute them so adeptly and cohesively as No More Stories...

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

I feel comfortable saying that Mew is the most under-appreciated band. I know, I know; but objectivity be damned, Mew will always own a soft spot in my heart. Music can fill many rolls. Personally, I’ve oft used Mew to escape. Something about the Danish band and their other-wordly, consuming tunes have always peaked my interest. If I felt like my day was mediocre and wasn’t looking up, Frengers took me away to a place where I could forget about my surroundings. I fell in love with the epic pop songs. They created a vast, wonderful landscape, free of pretension, free of stress, where I found it easy to relax.

...and then came No More Stories.... Mew continues in the the basic path they had taken with Frengers and And The Glass Handed Kites, but progresses and changes in a way that sounds very organic and natural. Mew haven’t forgotten their strengths. Jonas Bjerre’s ethereal vocals are executed perfectly. The songs flow seamlessly into one another, creating a listening experience where it’s impossible to hit the “next” button. Once again, it’s best listened to as a whole, musical experience. Swirling, dreamy atmospheric pop defines this record, while still managing to be diverse and distinct at the same time.

Darker songs and more emotion are laden throughout the record. If Mew have advanced in one area of their music, their conveyance of emotion is arguably the most prominent on No More Stories.... Where Frengers and And The Glass... were much more neutral and passive, No More Stories stretches the boundaries a little, bordering into darker, brooding epics that leave a little more debris circling in your mind than Mew’s previous efforts. This change into more emotional territory could have been expected.

On the other hand, the other prominent quirk was a bit of a surprise. The synth beats and pure danceability of No More Stories... contrast with the ominous atmosphere of the album, that begins with the wieldy title that quotes a mid-album lyric, “No more stories/are told today/I'm sorry/they washed away/no more stories/the world Is grey/I'm tired/let's wash away.” Little can be said about the rest of the lyrics, though. If you get my drift, it’s more about how the words actually sound than what they actually mean. For instance, it’s hard not to smile when Bjerre coos, “We know so much/so much we do.”

Perhaps the greatest strength of No More Stories... is its pure listenability. It manages to remain interesting and incredibly likeable at the same time. Time seems to pass faster when I become engrossed in No More Stories.... I could mention the swelling track “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy,” complete with children’s choir, for it’s outstanding vocals. Basically, it’s the quiet-loud recipe done right. I could allude to the great beats of “Introducing Palace Players,” or maybe even the rich atmosphere of “Hawaii.” Though, I would feel like it isn’t worth worth it. The cohesiveness of this album is rarely duplicated.

Please don’t let Mew fly under the radar any longer. Elegant and ambitious, No More Stories... is Mew’s magnus opus. And while it’s hard to find any flaw whatsoever, I also can’t call this a classic. Mew have hit the ceiling. I feel like this is as good as it gets for Mew. No More Stories... tip-toes along that borderline that separates something from being simply “music,” into what I consider an “experience.” While I expect the masses won’t receive from this album what I have, that's fine with me. Listening to this repetitively has only deepened the soft spot in my heart for Mew. Then again, who knows? Give this a try and you may feel like Mew is the band to fill the top spot among modern pop music.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ziroth
August 30th 2009



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review.

that;s fine with me


This is my first experience with Mew, and I love it, it gets better with every listen.

SeaAnemone
August 30th 2009



19699 Comments


thanks... I shouldnt've missed that... make sure you check out Frengers after you tire of this a little.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Ubicuo
August 30th 2009



56 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

the harmonies & octaves floating around in this band are undeniably alluring. Not too many bands are
this nicely ambient yet simultaneously poppy & catchy. A few of these tracks will circulate in my
favorites playlist for a while I’m sure. i'm glad this album has more syncopated time sigs i think
that's what i needed from this band when i heard their previous efforts

SeaAnemone
August 30th 2009



19699 Comments


The timing is definitely a little bizarre... I debated on whether or not to mention the time signatures, but I feel it adds to the feel
of the album.

..and you can change it up above the bar graph.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2009



14983 Comments


edit: oh haha nvm

ziroth
August 30th 2009



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

make sure you check out Frengers after you tire of this a little.


will do.

breesuschrist
August 30th 2009



736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

we kinda have ridiculously similar tastes

Yotimi
August 30th 2009



6438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Same here, seems like we always love the same albums. Great review. Even though the album is best experienced as a whole, I think noting a few tracks and their strengths would be a good idea though (I know you did briefly, but there are so many genius ideas on this album worth mentioning).

SeaAnemone
August 30th 2009



19699 Comments


Yotimi- you're probably right, when I wrote it I thought it was dragging on a bit long and I chose to concentrate on the overall atmosphere, I know what you mean though.

Breesus- yea prettymuch exactly the same... check out your shoutbox please

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2009



14983 Comments


this is ok

i need to give it more listens but yeahhhhhhh....

Aeryn
September 4th 2009



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really like this. Although not better than Frengers in some ways for me, it is still well worth a 4.5.

Also, minor error. In the first paragraph you say "peaked my interest". The correct phrase is "piqued my interest". Although peaked would convey a similar meaning, piqued is what you were going for.

BallsToTheWall
September 10th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must say I didnt really enjoy this first spin through but after that it all came togetehr. Really love The Magic Car, New Terrain and Life Isnt Easy

PatchworkNeurology
November 17th 2009



352 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Smoke a bleezy and get those hand claps to Life isn't easy going strong!

SeaAnemone
July 27th 2011



19699 Comments


oh mew how I love you

DiceMan
July 27th 2011



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bumping your own review? so vain... so seaeric

Maniac!
July 27th 2011



26246 Comments


is this as good as frengers?

DiceMan
July 27th 2011



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think it's way better but this was my first Mew soooo

SeaAnemone
July 27th 2011



19699 Comments


frengers has better singles this is the more complete album



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