Mono
Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered....


4.5
superb

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
October 11th, 2010 | 76 replies | 12,692 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quiet geniuses, Mono, have deftly produced one of the most beautiful and endearing albums in years.

Mono are legends in their own right. While not exactly paving the way for the other post-rock acts, Mono have been one of the most consistent bands in the entire genre. They've truly polished the formula to perfection, and have since garnered a rather large following because of it. With every release, the band has grown, or rather, evolved. They become more dense, personal, and all around much more beautiful. Mono have reached heights other post-rock acts could only dream of, and have seemingly done so without breaking a sweat.

And how? Mono are not exactly known for their experimentation, nor their willingness to break out of the constricting post-rock formula. The rises, the falls, and the soft moments giving way to the brazenly loud explosions of sound and fury are all here. Yet this has been done to death. We've heard it from the genres forefathers, and have since heard it from dozens of other post-rock bands. So how have Mono become to be know as masters of the genre?

To put it simply, those behind Mono are genius. Pure, unbridled geniuses.

Everything that is the band can be heard and felt behind their mammoth compositions. The passion, the fury, and the unadulterated beauty; it's all there. That is why Mono is such a force in the genre. The brilliant compositions and the organic passion is more prevalent here than in any other band. That is why "Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined" is such an important release. This being the band's junior effort, was the first to really include all of what so many find so endearing about them today. Their two previous releases were just mere tastes of what was to be included on "Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky..." The album is a success because of the band's genius in the studio, as mentioned before. They just know how to get the most out their compositions. The dreamy interludes leading into the nigh deafening climaxes are so perfectly placed that it would seem that it took years to compose. Next to "Hymn to the Immortal Wind," "Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky..." features the band at their most varied.

Each song is completely discernible from the previous. "Halcyon" is solid, and features some beautiful strings. Thankfully, the strings are not over used for the sake of over using them. The cellos and violins are incredibly tasteful, being used primarily for texture, rather than for a cheap attempt at grandeur. And the burst of sound at around the five minute mark is absolutely brilliant. There really is not terrible track on the album. While "2 Candles, 1 Wish" is a short yet uninteresting interlude, its presence is apparent. It's just not particularly arresting. However, the album as a whole moves with finesse up until the coup de grace. The monstrous "Lost Snow" is truly a feat. At fifteen minutes in length, the track goes through multiple transitions and phases. Half-way through, the bands signature explosive sound is featured. It's the most passionate moment on the entire record, and truly quite a thing to hear. The distorted guitars pound, and the cymbals crash, as the song blissfully melts away into a calming resolution. It's breathtaking, and truly one the highlights of their career. Wonderfully placed at the end of the album, "A Thousand Paper Cranes" is a beautiful piano track. It's an allusion to the story of a sick little girl folding one thousand paper origami paper cranes, in hopes that she will recover. Like the story, the track is intensly personal and moving. And above all, a perfect way to close the album.

Mono do not change the game here, and nor were they attempting to do so. It is simply an epically, gloriously, harmless record, that happens to be indelibly beautiful. Mono are kings of the genre for good reason, and with albums like "Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined," it is easy to see why.



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Bitchfork
October 12th 2010



7584 Comments


Band is so terrible.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 12th 2010



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Aw man, they're one of my favorites, hence the completely creaming I did on this review....

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 12th 2010



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Regardless, I've been meaning to do this for awhile, especially because it was without a review.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



17204 Comments


and with a single comment bitchfork is on my shit list.

AnotherBrick
October 12th 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya he does that quite a bit

Bitchfork
October 12th 2010



7584 Comments


Eric and qwe agree with me guys so I'm not insane.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



17204 Comments


still doesn't make your statement valid

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 12th 2010



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Sooo......do most of you like the album. It ranks between Hymn(1) and You are there (3) for me

Bitchfork
October 12th 2010



7584 Comments


"beautiful stings."
fix
"Incredibly tasteful, the string work is used primarily for texture."
Your summary and this sentence read very awkwardly.
"There really is not terrible track on the album. "
Your previous descriptions of the album lead the reader to believe such a thing. Would geniuses leave a terrible song on one of their albums?
"Wonderfully placed at the end of the album, "A Thousand Paper Cranes" is a beautiful piano track. It's an allusion to the story of a sick little girl folding one thousand paper origami paper cranes, in hopes that she will recover."
Nothing wrong with this sentence I just wanted to point out that I love that story.
"know as masters of the genre? Ground breakers? Or even revolutionaries? "
get rid of the queries and rewrite it as a list with commas - a single question
Get rid of the closing paragraph and end in another, less abrupt way.

Bitchfork
October 12th 2010



7584 Comments


"still doesn't make your statement valid"
well you can't argue opinion as fact; it just seemed like you were implying i was pretending to hate them to be polemic or controversial or whatever.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 12th 2010



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Yeah I didn't really proofread well, but thanks for reading my review!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



17204 Comments


i just love mono.

Bitchfork
October 12th 2010



7584 Comments


Time for my infamous "Have you heard Meanwhile Back in Communist Russia or Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson?" question.

beefshoes
October 12th 2010



3507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to hear this. I love hymn

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



17204 Comments


yes and yes. are there people who haven't heard Indian Ink?

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 12th 2010



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

FIXED! Thanks Bitchfork.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 12th 2010



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

yeah, it's pretty great

Bitchfork
October 12th 2010



7584 Comments


Yeah there are. I was shocked too. I was as shcoked to find about people haven't heard Suffocate for Fuck Sake or worriedaboutsatan.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



17204 Comments


i personally dont care for worriedaboutsatan and suffocate for fuck sake is ok. this thread is beginning to read like SirenSound circa 2007

Ire
October 12th 2010



41753 Comments


Calling them terrible is quite a stretch for me but saying they're omg amazing best shit since godpsee yu is just silly imo.



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