Rave Tapes

Mogwai - Rave Tapes
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2014 Ratings: #415 / 975
User Score
Based on 146 ratings
2014 Ratings: #254
Liked by 3 people
January 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop, Rock Action / Label
Post-Rock / Genres
mogwai.co.uk / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Rave Tapes is filled with expert contrasts, making this a pulse-quickening return from a band that’s still evolving, and still amazing.

90
musicOMH

Rave Tapes might not be a complete change in direction for Mogwai, but it is different enough to suggest that there’s plenty of inventiveness left in the band yet.

80
DIY

These unnerving moments and electronic flourishes show that 'Rave Tapes' is more than a side step. This won’t change your mind about Mogwai but it does more than enough to underline the fact that they are one of the most singular, interesting and disarming bands out there.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Rave Tapes doesn’t quite reach the euphoric heights of Hardcore Will Never Die, but it is an elaborate and intelligent album from a group that isn’t interested in grabbing their listeners by the scruff of their collective neck anymore

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s not that Rave Tapes is disappointing, it’s just underwhelming - but it’s beautiful enough that maybe that doesn’t matter. 

60
Pitchfork

Rave Tapes is the work of an oddly conservative band, turning away from the openness they once embraced. At some point Mogwai got less interested in testing the boundaries of their music, instead settling for being comfortable working within them.

Plats
65
"Rave Tapes" adds synths and other electronic elements to Mogwai's post-rock sound. While it results in some beautiful moments, it also has some downright mediocre and forgettable ones too. Overall, the band seems to be running out of steam.

Fav Tracks: Remurdered, Heard About You Last Night, Hexon Bogon, No Medicine For Regret

Least Fav Track: Repelish

Score:
6.5
Decent
Doofy
NR
After the rock-centric 'Hardcore...', 'Rave Tapes' heads in the opposite direction towards a vintage keyboard/synth sound that meshes just ok with the band's song writing.

'Remurdered' sounds like a theme for a retro thriller in the 'Drive' mould and fashions something surprisingly enjoyable (and even head nodding) from this style.

'Blues Hour' is notable for featuring vocals but sometime around 'Mr. Beast' it seems the band lost their knack for how to construct a tune around a singer, here ... read more
aaron
74
Re-murdered is its own beast and worth getting completely lost in.
tha138
59
More talkative than it should, loses the real core.
Unfortunately it won't be missed.
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
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Added on: October 28, 2013