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The problem is not that the music is bad, for it isn't. The problem is that the music is too repetitive, too low-note, too low-volume, always the SAME. What you get with CODY is a colection of some of the most depressed music you'll ever hear What you get with CODY is clean guitars played with little distorsion and in arpeggios and broken chords almost all the time, and ALL OF THE TIME with the utmost delicacy, as if the guitar player was afraid to break a string during the recording sessions; you get every other instrument in the same vein as the guitar: low volume the drums are barely hearable all the way till the next-to-last songand most of time is all instrumental.
Proper singing you only get in "Cody", and like everything else in this record, done after having ingested plenty of tranquilizers. There's a little piano here and there, but never something that will get you interested in the music. This is just MOOD music, and the saddest mood at that. The tracks? It's really quite a task having to remember any of them after just two listens, or after four, or after ten, Ex-Cowboy - Mogwai - Come On Die Young (CD, because most of them are too SIMILAR.
But I'll point out as the highlights the word "high" sounds a little off-topic when talking about this from-the-gutter music the first proper song CODY and, without a doubt the best and actually a pretty good number, Christmas Steps, which has miracle!! It's just difficult. It's just boring. This is depressive music. This is sedated music. This sounds like a band of decent musicians getting high I'd say getting LOW on something and then pluggin' in the instruments to record an album.
Yes, I'm not asking for happy music! Recommended for: people, like me, who like to get as many prog-albums as possible; prog lovers with a thing for depressing music; post-rock ultra-fans. Not recommended for: Fans of really good albums, really good music; prog-lovers that still don't know post-rock: beware! This is not the best entrance into that genre!
But most of all, not recommended for people in the midst of a depression: after this, you may start looking for a bridge from where to jump I am very happy about the way the album starts as Punk Rock and the only vocal track on the album called Cody are very good songs, but soon the minimalistic riffs and repetitive structures of the songs do me in.
This is not music that I can sit and listen to for details and analysis, but more a background album for relaxation. I know this all sounds very negative, but there are times when this album is just the right medicine. The production is minimalistic and earthy, and personally I miss a grander sound. Come on Die Young is a good album but lacks the variation and compositional sophistication to become excellent.
As soon as the intriguing introduction "Punk Rock" fades away, a bland, repetative exercise in pointless guitar strumming and rhythmic minimalism aimlessly roams. Fans of the post-rock genre are used to this, at least to some degree, but for many groups this sort of subtle noodling acts as the calm before the storm All the songs Album) very similar, very sedated, and very bland.
The listener will be hard-pressed to remember anything specific about these songs, since they all feel as if they're simply therefilling airy space which could be filled with something more interesting.
Many other post-rock bands do what Mogwai is doing here much better, and "Come on Die Young" should be overlooked by all but the most dedicated fans of the genre. After the successful and praised "Young Team", Mogwai had still a lot to prove, but from there on they never reached the same levels as the debut. First off, the band decided to go towards a less eclectic sound and chose to concentrate exclusively on the guitars and give more vocals, possibly to sound a little more accessible.
The walls of distortion we heard on the debut are here much less, popping out only in the end of the album, and as a result the music is really mellow, soft, and with slow rhythms, without any build up. The samples Ex-Cowboy - Mogwai - Come On Die Young (CD still here, but, except for the Iggy Pop discussion in the intro of the album, they just don't do anything for me.
Because of the monotone tone this LP has, I am challenged to call this Post-Rock, while Slowcore sounds more fit to it, because of its minimalism. The last three songs without counting the outro are the only ones with a distinct climax, and it might sound relieving for some, but to me, they don't feel as powerful as they use to be with the debut.
This album is also the first sign of the Mogwai syndrome: every album they'll make from there on will be compared to "Young Team" and snobbed because it doesn't go near it. It is still a surprise to me though that this band is possibly one of the most popular Post-Rock bands. And you've got to love the Iggy Pop monologue it kicks off with.
The original plan for the album was to be quite shorter, but the record label talked them into including more tracks that they had recorded during the recording process, so the album ended up having a total length of over an hour, 67 minutes to be a little more exact. The first track "Punk Rock" is a pensive track featuring a simple electric guitar playing while Iggy Pop talks in the background.
This speech is taken from an interview done in March ofabout punk rock, of course. This is followed by "Cody", which is slow and pensive also, but has a steady beat behind the guitar. The track also includes distinct vocals, where most of Mogwai's material that features vocals that are subdued and mixed down deep so that they are almost not heard, but more like becoming as an instrument. This track also has a distinct melody, a slide guitar and more accessible than normal.
The melody is nice and the feeling is quite relaxed, a lovely sound. While this commentary plays softly in the background, almost like a TV playing, the guitars, synths and flute play along slowly and pensively to the beat. Again, it's a nice, slow track, that stays mellow throughout. After this point, the music continues in the same slow or moderately slow style with pensive guitars, synths and occasional flute with differing effects come in. The melodies get less interesting and the songs start sounding a bit same-y and lackadaisical.
It's not bad if you just want to chill and float along, but it doesn't invoke the emotion of "Young Team" or some of their other, later albums. However, it does have time to develop and crescendo to where there is more intensity, but nothing much else changes during the duration of the track. The grandeur that is missed in most of this album starts to come out on "Ex-Cowboy" and, with the help of violin, builds into a wall of sound, but reaches the climax quickly and then Ex-Cowboy - Mogwai - Come On Die Young (CD down again and goes quite minimal for a while before building again, this time to a longer climactic section.
It's better, but not very ingenious. It features a repeating piano line against soft droning in the background.
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