The Hawk Is Howling

Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2008 Ratings: #294 / 779
User Score
Based on 78 ratings
2008 Ratings: #102
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September 23, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Post-Rock / Genres / Website
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In 2003, Mogwai released their fourth full length, Happy Songs for Happy People, and its reception ranged from middling to favorable. Some praised the band's scope, grandeur, and willingness to explore beyond the bounds of the quiet-loud-louder dynamic it had mastered; others lamented a lack of the same, alternately calling Happy Songs too soft, too small, or too stiff. Happy Songs now feels like a summation of Mogwai's past, graced with goo

d ideas for its future. Unfortunately, the music that led to that nexus has been much more compelling than what has emerged from it.

this is mogwai with their most industrial sound.

all of mogwai’s previous forte’s have coalesced into one scathing project. the electronics of ‘happy people’ meets the heaviness of ‘come on die young’; both of which are paired with the diversity of ‘mr. beast’ and the dreaminess of ‘rock action’.

all these factors craft one of mogwai’s most consistent releases.

the album is entertaining until the last second, and it ... read more
-10 that's a fucking eagle you dumbasses
The Hawk Is... Wait. The what? That's a fucking eagle!

Anyway, "The Hawk Is Howling" definitely starts off well, but it eventually evolves into tedious post-rock territory. The last track pick up a little bit but everything else is arranged so emptily that it tarnishes what made Mogwai good in the first place.

Fav Tracks: I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead; Batcat; The Sun Smells Too Loud; I Love You, I'm Going To Blow Up Your School; The Precipice

Least Fav Tracks: Scotland's Shame, Kings ... read more
'The Hawk is Howling' is where you get the feeling Mogwai's audience had shrunk a little as the genre of post-rock was now far from the indie rock zeitgeist.

The band had also spent a lot more time recording soundtrack material and that seems to cross pollinate the songs here - mostly to their detriment. The opening duo of 'I'm Jim Morrison...' and 'Batcat' are a strong enough start but still the most reserved and unmemorable first two tunes of any Mogwai album up to this point. At least the ... read more
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Track List

  1. I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
  2. Batcat
  3. Danphe And The Brain
  4. Local Authority
  5. The Sun Smells Too Loud
  6. Kings Meadow
  7. I Love You, I'm Going To Blow Up Your School
  8. Scotland's Shame
  9. Thank You Space Expert
  10. The Precipice
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