- Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People — Considering how much I like post-rock, I don't have many albums of it. This album joins Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven and Yanqui U.X.O. in my slowly growing collection. Mogwai's style is closer to the Godspeed You! Black Emperor side of post-rock than, say, the Sigur Ros side, but this album isn't built around long crescendos the way Godspeed's tends to be. In fact, most of the tracks are about "radio length". They also sound more polished, production-wise. And, fortunately, they also don't throw in a bunch of aimless low-fi spoken word samples, which I consider the major flaw in Skinny Fists. I still consider GY!BE superior, but I may revise that as I familiarize myself with this album.
- Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche — This is almost a guilt buy. I have most of Illinois in mp3 form, but don't own the album. I was about to buy it, but then I saw this, and the draw of new stuff was too strong. …
Set 24 2007, 7:29 di gwallaBought some new CDs last week, so it's time for capsule reviews!
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