Visuals

Mew - Visuals
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #607 / 721
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2017 Ratings: #553
April 28, 2017 / Release Date
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PIAS / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

Although its soundscapes sometimes overshadow its songwriting, the album captures just about everything that’s always made Mew special, so it also serves as a strong battle cry of a band that refuses to let a recent loss get in the way of their magic.

70
AllMusic

Their ever-morphing vision has simply moved beyond terrestrial bonds and ascended into the expanse of the galaxy.

70
Drowned in Sound
Sure, it's easy to miss the days of dominant guitars and a 'rock' feeling underpinning the whole thing, but this feels like the right album for Mew to re-emerge with at this point.
62
Pitchfork

The seventh album from Mew suggests the Danish alt-rock trio could say more with less. It’s a pop record with a light outer frosting of edginess.

60
Exclaim!

Visuals is drenched in grandiosity, but many of its songs are devoid of proper exploration; instead of pushing the limits, they often feel idle.

60
Under The Radar

This time diminished seems an apt description for an album that feels smaller and more compact, lacking the glorious floating extravagances of the past.

60
DIY

It’s a confident release from a seasoned band still harbouring the energies of youth.

itsyahboinoah
54
For some reason, I can't get beyond the vocals at all
89
Underrated, better than suggested by other reviews.
JulianGomez974
56
Danish alternative pop band Mew have a new album and honestly it's a dull combination of M83's Hurry Up We're Dreaming and other mainstream pop rock bands (The Temper Trap, Phoenix, Walk The Moon, etc.). There's nothing really impressive here except maybe for two tracks and even they don't sound that well because it seems like they just wanted to put the first thing that popped out of their minds. The lyrics are ok, I guess, nothing consistent whatsoever. The vocals indeed are awful, like I ... read more
PaulyZ
76
TRACK LIST:

Nothingness and No Regrets (8.9)
The Wake of Your Life (7.5)
Candy Pieces All Smeared Out (5.9)
In a Better Place (7.2)
Ay Ay Ay (6.5)
Learn Our Crystals (7.0)
Twist Quest (7.7)
Shoulders (7.1)
85 Videos (9.1)
Zanzibar (7.3)
Carry Me To Safety (9.0)
Jer
74
The low scores for this album perplex me. Its a fantastic album that feels like a cleaner +-, using shorter track lengths and smoother transitions. Mew have a very distinct sound as it is. So exploration into new sounds is minimal but still noticeable with their use of heavier riffs (Candy Pieces All Smeared Up) and Saxophone (Twist Quest). I think their ability to perfect their own sound and create a very clean and easy record to listen to should warrant a listen.

Favorite Tracks: Candy ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#75/Louder Than War

Track List

  1. Nothingness and No Regrets
  2. The Wake of Your Life
  3. Candy Pieces All Smeared Out
  4. In a Better Place
  5. Ay Ay Ay
  6. Learn Our Crystals
  7. Twist Quest
  8. Shoulders
  9. 85 Videos
  10. Zanzibar
  11. Carry Me To Safety
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