Mew
And the Glass Handed Kites


5.0
classic

Review

by sexymuffin USER (3 Reviews)
June 21st, 2006 | 143 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


When you hear the word "Mew" you can have one of two reactions to it:

1. Nostalgia tracing back to the days of pokemon where that elusive # 151 was the gamer's wet dream
2. A sense of excitement because now you get to have a discussion about one of the most original pop-rock bands around

If you chose the former of the two, I was once there. However, if you chose the latter, then you've obviously already discovered the surreal lyrics and vocals of Jonas Bjerre, the sonic guitar work of Bo Madson, the intricate drum style of Silas Graae and the bass lines of Johan Wohlert which can only be described as a perfect fit.

This album is not easy to swallow. This album does not present songs in hopes that the radio will decide to play a few tracks, but this album still remains to be catchy in the most uninviting fashion possible. Mew's And the Glass Handed Kites is not an album to be dismissed as another pop effort that deserves a place in the bargain bin outside of an FYE outlet. Rather, Mew's latest effort is the quintessence of what you should swallow, what the radio should play, and what catchy songs should be.

The album kicks open with a song that seems like it's lost its melody and is frantically trying to find it again. "Circuitry of the Wolf" finally manages to regain itself and you wonder how pop music could sound so dark but still remain, well, pop. The sheer complexity of the music is baffling at times. Jonas' goose bump inducing voice fades in with the song's crescendo and immediately opens up the second track on this album, "Chinaberry Tree". From there you're pulled down a meandering rabbit-hole of catchy tunes, powerful soundscapes and heart-melting ballads. All of which have Jonas' unique singing style laid over them with lyrical content inspired by his frequent nightmares.

This might explain the sometimes nonsensical writing of Jonas, as he even admits that a lot of the time he doesn't really understand what the songs mean. In regards to one of the albums catchiest tunes, "The Zookeeper's Boy" he is quoted as saying, "It came from a dream I had. I always tend to be more inspired during the night. I woke up one night and had this idea. I don't always know what the lyrics are about, they're just images that I come up with and I just write them, it's sort of surreal."

With such a uniquely crafted lyrical style and beautiful vocals, the only thing that could bring Mew down is the musicians in the band. Thankfully, they're just as innovative as their vocalist. The entire album was made to flow as if it was one song, and they definitely did an excellent job at accomplishing this. The changes between songs are seamless. If you're not paying close enough attention, you might be five tracks into the album and still think it is one song; One incredibly diverse, limitlessly imaginative and refreshingly original song. Songs like "Apocalypso" make you wonder how you went so long without listening to this band. The immense range of emotions exhibited by this album is something that really can't be put into words. Mew has created something here that really wants, no, deserves the attention of music lovers around the world. They've created an album that's familiar and foreign at the same time, an album that is endlessly progressive but ear-pleasingly catchy, an album that you could dance to if you weren't so immersed in the music. Basically, Mew has created an incredible musical experience, and you would be doing yourself a disservice to ignore it.

Final Rating: 5/5

Recommended Tracks:

Apocalypso
The Zookeeper's Boy


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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2006


16089 Comments


I thought this was a new pokemon soundtrack :-/

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2006


15743 Comments


Thank you for the pokemon inclusion. Many a time I have awoken with wet sheets after a night filled with thoughts of finding Mew in the middle of Vermillion City.

Anyway good review, I've never heard of this.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Hatshepsut
June 21st 2006


1997 Comments


My god, reviews are pouring in like a bitch today. Nice review, especially for a second.

Hatshepsut
June 21st 2006


1997 Comments


I want a Mew :upset:

sexymuffin
June 21st 2006


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for all the feedback :D

and i have a mew on the blue version, actually. It was quite a good score on my part. A friend got it from some pokemon expo and we did the trading/copying glitch.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2006


16089 Comments


^ I remember that. You would like trade and then shut off the game halfway through the trade and you'd both get the same pokemon.
God I suck more than I ever realized.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2006


15743 Comments


YEah I got a Mew trading too. I could never find the damn thing though.

STLMiguel
June 21st 2006


335 Comments


See, I'm thinking you guys are kind of strange for ever liking Pokemon, but I remember loving Power Rangers when it first came out, so we're really just a big happy family of losers.

TurnTheOtherWay
June 21st 2006


459 Comments


I got the Mew from my friend who used a Gameshark. Hacking FTW
I've heard The Zookeeper's Boy and it wasn't really my bag, but these guys seem to know what they're doing. Excellent review.

Honeymoon_Croon
June 22nd 2006


297 Comments


I remember getting a Mew at a Pokemon tournament... I wish I could find my Pokemon Red because I have all 151 on it.
*Is officially the biggest nerd ever*
Oh, and the origional Power Rangers still kick a$s.
Great review, I should check it out

morrissey
Moderator
June 22nd 2006


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love this album, for those unfamiliar you should definitely check them out if you like any indie pop at all.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 22nd 2006


3995 Comments


1. Nostalgia tracing back to the days of pokemon where that elusive # 151 was the gamer's wet dream


You guys are all hella nubs. You had to use teh hax by teh S.S. Anne duh.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006


16089 Comments


nu uh nub that truck never worked for me and stuff. I used strength like 200x and I was never able to find him. I think it had to do with missingno and stuff. Or not.
btw I listened to Circuitry of the Wolf, and uh...I'm a little confused.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 22nd 2006


3995 Comments


I was BSing about teh SS Anne but I used that Cinnabar Island hax to get some sick high level pokemon. Just make sure you catch a good pokemon in the safari zone to use.

TurnTheOtherWay
June 22nd 2006


459 Comments


Eliminator, that's why you don't try to catch the rat-bastard. Also, Cinnabar hax was pure ownage.

Is it sad that I'm about ready to go look for my Game Boy?This Message Edited On 06.22.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006


16089 Comments


Nah dude it only fuxxed up like your elite 4 stats and stuff. and the safari zone sucked, the only good pokemon there was like scyther. Scyther's badass.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 22nd 2006


4405 Comments


People down here took there Pokemon seriously, they did. Using the Rare Candy code was similiar to lynching a four year old.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006


16089 Comments


God I'm hardcore.
/downloading the whole album, [i]Circuitry is really rather a grand song.

TurnTheOtherWay
June 22nd 2006


459 Comments


Haha, nice avatar Iluvatar

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 22nd 2006


4405 Comments


If you do form said club, none of those punks who like Ruby and Sapphire should be allowed in. You needz vintage, yo.



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