Mogwai
Earth Division


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
September 15th, 2011 | 42 replies | 9,247 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just when I'd given up trying to care, Mogwai give me everything I've ever wanted.

Just when I’d given up all hope of buying into the hype that’s been surrounding Mogwai their debut, they go and release something that makes me almost believe. After all, I’ve always been perturbed how the band has always held their “post-rock” elite status after releasing bland record after bland record. Mr. Beast and Young Team can both easily be cited as efforts that worked, and worked well. However, for each of those, there’s one or more The Hawk is Howling to match it. Well, as I stand here a skeptic, Earth Divisionappears, attempting to make me into believer.

What Earth Division does so well is play up on Mogwai’s strengths, creating an incredibly tight, cohesive package that ends up being some of the most beautiful material the band has ever produced. It’s more minimal, and the band’s eccentricities are kept in check. Granted, it’s all a little more conventional than the band is accustomed to, but it works so damn well that it’s difficult to complain. Overall, it’s a different sort of beast, and one which Mogwai are more than comfortable with. Strings and keys are featured more prominently, and in a much more intimate fashion than ever before. Also, the band’s more rock oriented sound has all but been removed, making Earth Division one of the band’s most mellow releases. Whether it be the lush piano filled “Get to France,” or the haunting vocal lead “Hound of Winter,” Earth Division holds plenty of incredible material to keep one listening.

The EP’s brevity is actually one of its stronger aspects. What was so irksome about their latest release, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will was the absolutely inane runtime. Compared to most records produced by their peers, said album was actually rather short, yet felt twice as long. In trimming some of the fat, Mogwai have ensured that Earth Division not buckle under the same faults. True, it is an EP, and by nature it is brief, but it should be commended on how well it utilizes its short sixteen minute runtime. Never does it bore and never does it outstay its welcome.

Earth Division is a marvelous little EP by one of post-rock’s most inconsistent bands. Beautiful and minimal, yet somehow completely exhilarating, Earth Division is something both fans and skeptics alike can enjoy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 15th 2011



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate Mogwai but love this.



Super cereal.

pizzamachine
September 15th 2011



12571 Comments


This is good news! :D First paragraph seems clunky to me dunno why.

Rev
September 15th 2011



9403 Comments


Woah a Xeno review. I need this


XENO FOR CONTRIB/STAFF

fuckthatnoise
September 15th 2011



1479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Totally disagree about them being inconsistent. Even my 2 least favorite of their albums - Rock Action and Mr Beast - are still both pretty cool n stuf.

Good review man. And this rules.

Transcend
September 15th 2011



361 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"the hype that’s been surrounding Mogwai their debut"

I think there should be a "since" in there. Otherwise, great review.

YetAnotherBrick
September 15th 2011



4405 Comments


I should listen to this.

Ire
September 16th 2011



41753 Comments


eli for news mod

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2011



15564 Comments


one review per day, maaan

jk though pos'd

Digging: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 16th 2011



3663 Comments


Eli is God

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2011



15564 Comments


User reviewers who are immune to the rules: Irving, Xenophanes, Ifghtffyrdmns

Basically the future crew of contrib recruits (not that I know anything, just stating the semi-obvious)

balcaen
September 16th 2011



3183 Comments


xeno on fire tonight.
mogwai on fire this year.

taxidermist
September 16th 2011



7197 Comments


Like I said earlier today, Xeno for contrib! Automatic pos just for being Xeno.

Jash
September 16th 2011



4244 Comments


Just when the review was starting to hook me in, it ends, but then again what do I know I haven't written anything in aaaggggeeeessssss. But you did peak my interest enough to check this out, Young Team has always been a favorite of mine but nothing else theyve done has come remotely close to living up to it for me

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 16th 2011



3663 Comments


Happy Songs for Happy People is my favorite of theirs (besides Young Team of course).

Ignimbrite
September 16th 2011



5311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I never could really get into HSFHP for some reason.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
September 16th 2011



3663 Comments


This only thing I don't like about HSFHP is the cover art.

Ignimbrite
September 16th 2011



5311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dunno, the whole album was just a bit too simplistic for my tastes.

UnnamedOcean
September 16th 2011



3965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is out? YESSSSS I need me some Mogwai.

toxin.
September 16th 2011



12182 Comments


They sound like a Death Metal band tbh

static2dope
September 16th 2011



898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeaaaah this is good



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