Review Summary: "Songs that serve as an ode to delicate and captivating indie music."
Mew's first album is also their latest album as of September 18th of 2006. The band consists currently of members Jonas Bjerre, Bo Madsen, and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen.
The indie band re-released "A Triumph For Man" through fellow Danish record label "Exlibris Musik".
A Triumph For Man is a collection of music that arouses the senses for some listeners while serving as a comfortable blanket of subdued sounds for others.
Jonas Bjerre is a man with a voice that is easily detectable as a male voice, but can serve to be just as delicate and easily absorbed as the most solemn of female voices. His range is surprisingly wide although the volumes and tones of which he presents himself are restricted to what can be noted as a secondary aspect of the music. In truth, the album could have just as easily been released as an instrumental album.
That's not to say the vocals offset anything about the music, they're a definate aspect of the sound and are very soothing whilst acting as an explanation as to why certain rifts and patterns of other instruments were chosen as they were.
In short, Mew has gone ahead and created a tightly knit package of songs that soothingly flow into one another up until the point later on in such songs as "No Shadow Kick" and "How Things Turn Out to be" where it is notable that the band needn't take itself so seriously at most points.
While the first half of the album is an almost solemn collection of music that rarely tries (and never does) step over any musical boundaries, the second half jumps the bandwagon of experimentation and goes beyond simplistic and repetative instrumentals and vocals seen within the first half, creating instead a much more captivating half.
As the first half lulls listeners into enjoyable semi-consciousness, the second perks you into a sense of understanding and surprise at the variety of which they choose to represent themselves.
There are flaws to the beautiful album that is "A Triumph for Man" however. One of which isn't really disturbing to the music itself, but kind of annoying and thoughtless. A lot of sections within many of the songs are just repeating choruses and verses spare for some similar lyrics. Really, if the album wanted to present itself at an optimal length, several minutes would be lopped off of songs that just go around in circles.
However, listeners just looking for something to go in the background will be unfazed by this.
To wrap things up, there is not much explanation that can be done of the album. It doesn't break any rules, it doesn't step over any lines that will make listeners cry out "wow, never heard that one before," but it's nonetheless enjoyable and a great release even though it was originally released in 1997.