Review: Mogwai – “Mr. Beast”

All that’s deceptively fragile and wonderful continues percolating across the pond as post-rock’s reigning Scottish quintet offers its newest set of scorching barn-burners and more textured melancholia.

While the carefully interwoven but borderline-apocalyptic guitars of “Glasgow Mega-Snake” boil the blood, the more sedate, piano-laced offerings steal the spotlight, calling to mind contemporaries like The For Carnation, Do Make Say Think, and Sigur Ros.

Favorite track: “Auto Rock”

Grade: B+ – Jetty, Spring 2006

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About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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