In the past, in the days where purchasing a cd was the best way to get music, I would even purchase their albums one by one in the hopes that the next album I picked up would be the one.
It wasn't - I always just longed for Godspeed! You Black Emperor instead.
But, like that pizza place that everyone raves on and on about when you only think it is mediocre, I have to keep going back for another taste.
Don't get me wrong - I love the fact they still make music. I think their talent is top notch, too. It just doesn't strike me the way it should.
They just released another album, though - Every Country's Sun - and with it, another opportunity to delve into their world.
I am not going to lie, though. This isn't where I derail this tangent and say that this album has made me a believer in the way of Mogwai's genius. It hasn't. Like their previous albums - do I think it is good? Yeah. Do I think there is creativity? Absolutely. Do I think they still have their talent? Sure. Do I love the album? Not exactly.
The thing that makes this album different, though, is that the couple songs on it that I like, I really fucking love and if you've been steadfast in making sure your Mogwai doesn't hatch out gremlins then you will surely love this album - that is to say, if you've been a fan, you'll remain a fan.
There are some seriously good moments in this album. "Brain Sweeties" synthetic atmosphere really allows the analog instruments to shine, for example. "Coolverine" - the first track - broke out in something so special that I thought this was going to be the album to turn my so-so mentality for the band into an outright obsession. Later on in the album, another knock out song - "Crossing the Road Material" - is another one that, if the entire album was filled with these sounds, I'd have been right there rooting for them one hundred percent.
Alas, the songs that don't grab me nearly as tightly are the ones that will render this album forgettable for me. Again, this isn't to say it is a bad album. Mogwai just doesn't hold onto me the way those twenty minute long songs of GYBE have done since I first heard them.
Perhaps that is the whole problem for me. On the surface, the two bands are so similar. GYBE just allows far more time for their songs to grow, expand, and create an entire world. I'm certain that if Mogwai followed that layout then I'd be totally obsessed, as it does seem that my favorite songs on the album are the ones that last the longest.
-Dustin S. Stover