Mew - +-
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2015 Ratings: #461 / 874
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2015 Ratings: #283
April 27, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Play It Again Sam / Label
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Under The Radar
Mew has returned with a robust set that should satisfy fans who've waited a half decade for new songs.
The Skinny

A balancing act of candied vocals and crunchy, full-bodied percussion, + - is a softer record than many in their 18 year-spanning catalogue, but by no means is it less urgent.

The only problem with Mew having two near-perfect albums in their repertoire, and a faithful fan base, is that their new album will be judged unfairly against them. Still, give this one time, and it reveals itself.
The otherworldly feel of their music, which seems to swoop and glide with every changing note, is still as present as ever on their sixth full-length, but if anything, their newest album seems to dare to be more diverse.

It’s the band’s most accessible album since Frengers, which isn’t to say Mew have returned to that album’s straightforwardness. Instead, they’re now keeping their experimental tendencies on a tight leash, typically siphoning them off into individual, longer tracks.

Free from any sort of major-label constraints, the band sounds both invigorated and restless, and while deciphering their skewed Danish pop sensibilities can often prove challenging, it's well worth the effort, as the results can just as often be breathtaking.
Consequence of Sound

With grander production and spacious echoes, + – is Mew’s most calming take on stadium anthems.

Six years in the making, Mew's sixth album is opulence in excelsis, the Danish dream-weavers gathering all the synths and power chords at their disposal to conjure a feast for the ears.
The Line of Best Fit
The ingredients make it something that really should be on par with their early LPs, as a finished whole, it isn’t. It couldn’t be, though, could it?
Drowned in Sound
If you like Mew, you’ll like this. If you don’t like Mew, this is as good a place as any to begin, or to rekindle, your love affair with a wonderful band.
Better stuff out there
Before this album came out, I was quite sure that Mew's best songs lay behind them, but efter listening to "+-" I am not so sure anymore. Mew are just such a confident band with extremely talented musicians, that you really get the feel that i would be impossible for them to make a bad record. "+-" It is by no means as good as "Frengers", but less can do.
Some beautiful stuff here but for the love of God cut your songs down! They drag and get so boring of the intros too long! Anyways another great come back!
+Dream Pop -Alternative Rock = Mew new LP
Dreamy and pleasant. Interesting percussion throughout the album. A few of the melodies were a bit trite, but that only stood out because the rest were excellent. This came just in time for summer.
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Year End Lists

#19/Under the Radar
#42/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. Satellites
  2. Witness
  3. The Night Believer
  4. Making Friends
  5. Clinging to a Bad Dream
  6. My Complications
  7. Water Slides
  8. Interview the Girls
  9. Rows
  10. Cross the River on Your Own
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Added on: January 19, 2015