Experimental Music Love

October 1, 2008

Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 6:15 pm
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Mogwai The Hawk is Howling


It’s another Mogwai album, or is it?  Mainstays of the Scottish scene, and creators of absurdly powerful records such as Young Team and Come On Die Young, Mogwai seem to have transcended above many criticisms to that infallible slot of artists who can do no wrong (incidentally, Pitchfork have not only allowed Radiohead to set up home here, but also given them HD-TVs, a Wii, several of those chairs that massage you and of course all the porn their hard drive can handle). 


It’s of course through no fault of their own, with making music for their fans to love the only thing on their minds.  And it would be very nice to go along with the flow of admiration and herald this as yet another Mogwai masterpiece that furthers their sound beyond all rational explanation, as they rightly retain their silent title as kings of all things post-rock.  Alas.


There’s nothing wrong with The Hawk is Howling, except for maybe the ugly, kitsch eagle (why not a hawk?) artwork.  But you’d be hard-pressed to find anything in it to recommend to any Mogwai fan with any knowledge of their esteemed back-catalogue.


The guitars meander along as per usual, with the occasional build to restless climax.  But it’s all been done before, and what new implementations there are on here amount to little. 


Looking for positives, Local Authority does have something special in its seaside winds, and The Sun Smells Too Loud packs in more noise than most Big Brother fights.  Take anything before those two though, and everything lacks a true climax, whereas everything that follows is a familiar road down to near boredom.


The band have been candid in explaining their often unusual song titles such as I Love You, I’m Going to Blow Up Your School mean little.  It’s unfortunate though this is now transpiring in their music.  Infallible as they may be, this hawk’s howl has been heard too many times.      




  1. But you’d be hard-pressed to find anything in it to recommend to any Mogwai fan with any knowledge of their esteemed back-catalogue.

    not even scotland’s shame or space expert?

    Comment by dhex — October 3, 2008 @ 3:01 pm |Reply

  2. I am intrigued as to what type of porn thom yorke may download!!
    As for this record I did prefer Mr Beast.

    Comment by theintellectualpervert — October 6, 2008 @ 12:51 am |Reply

  3. I’m underwhelmed by this album and thought the last high for them was The Zidane album. But I might play one of the better tracks on my show, which I will shamlessly link to here :- http://bovineradio.wordpress.com – from Glasgow but with a free Northern English Regional Accent…

    Chris 🙂

    Comment by bovineradio — October 7, 2008 @ 10:07 pm |Reply

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