Every Country's Sun

Mogwai - Every Country's Sun
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2017 Ratings: #218 / 722
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Based on 126 ratings
2017 Ratings: #394
September 1, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

Finally there’s the title track, which gives the album the huge, epic, sky-scraping finale it deserves, making Every Country’s Sun the most perfect expression yet of Mogwai’s quiet-louder-LOUDEST aesthetic. All killer, nae filler.

90
Loud and Quiet
Retaining a signature sound without becoming repetitive is a challenge for any band entering their third decade together, but it’s one that Mogwai confront expertly here.
90
The Line of Best Fit

More than simply a salve against the whatthefuckery of Trump, Brexit and beyond, as well as the real-life shite that can sometimes quietly paralyse all of us, Every Country’s Sun is an intent-drenched return to form from a band who, thank Christ, have never once abandoned it.

90
musicOMH

The devil is in the detail, and Every Country’s Sun slowly reveals itself to be perhaps the most expansive Mogwai has sounded in some time.

83
A.V. Club

By now, there have been thousands of other bands plying Mogwai’s fusion of quiet and bombastic, but Every Country’s Sun argues that there’s still no one who does it better.

80
The Skinny

This spirit of reflection bleeds into Every Country’s Sun, their latest effort, which draws and borrows themes and styles from across their career to build a whole as monumental as anything they’ve achieved so far.

80
Exclaim!
One of the most consistent post-rock bands in terms of pacing, song structure and style, the Scottish Guitar Army's ninth studio album doesn't exactly break new ground; instead, it finds them subtly refining their recent, synth-focused sound to great success.
80
Under The Radar
A bite has returned to the legends of post-rock who still rule at mercilessly bludgeoning you with relentless instrumentalism, then directly soothing you with ambient teas.
80
The Guardian

Few bands make great music in their third decade together, but Mogwai continues the particularly strong form they’ve been in since 2013’s Les Revenants on their ninth studio album, Every Country’s Sun.

80
Sputnikmusic

Every Country’s Sun is probably their most accessible effort so far, being powerful, dynamic and emotional.

80
Mojo
One might suspect that Mogwai, forever enthused by the binary options of extreme noize and mind-mashing calm, would’ve run out of steam by now. In a word: wrong.
80
Clash
Vivid, compelling and unafraid of delving into new territory, Mogwai have found the ideal combination of progression and familiarity. ‘Every Country’s Sun’ also feels like an album that the world needs right now, an escapism from ever-present and inescapable vulgarity of reality.
80
Drowned in Sound
In an increasingly worrying time globally, it is comforting to know that such a terrific band as Mogwai can still belt it out.
78
GIGsoup

Those who hear in Every Country’s Sun a hint of artistic conservatism or dismiss it as an example of the ‘same old Mogwai’ must tear off the shackles of first impressions and submerge themselves in what is the band’s finest release in half a decade. A beautifully complex and richly rewarding achievement that is, much like the titular star, a slow-burner.

76
Pitchfork

On Every Country’s Sun, their ninth LP, Mogwai find their center of gravity. Finally, these Glaswegians are having fun again, loosening up and dirtying up, but with purpose and fire.

75
The 405

Every Country’s Sun is a sort of homecoming for Mogwai. They’re no longer a young team, but they can still flex some muscle with the best of them.

73
Paste

The band’s new album, Every Country’s Sun, doesn’t necessarily represent a significant break from their norm, but it does offer a consistency that allows an easy flow from one track to another, all the while relying on sonics rather than singing to convey their passion and intents.

70
Northern Transmissions
On their latest release, Mogwai finds themselves crafting a cohesive record out of parts score and intense hard rock, and it really holds strong. While not an album you’ll put on repeat, and not without a handful of moments that miss the mark, it works so well as a total product that you won’t mind.
70
AllMusic

As effective as the band's loud-quiet juxtapositions can be, there are times when Every Country's Sun feels more like an exercise in pacing and dynamics than purposeful expression.

60
The Independent
It always seems to be dusk or dawn in Mogwai’s world. With their music’s slow swells and subsides, they excel at calibrating subtle shifts of light and dark with a painterly grasp of sonic chiaroscuro.
60
DIY
They’ve gleaned some of the bliss of Ride, some of the shimmering prettiness of 65daysofstatic but perhaps lost something too.
60
PopMatters

Every Country’s Sun certainly has some very lovely, dense, and poignant moments borne out of creative and unpredictable arrangements, yet the majority of it fails to leave any impression other than boredom.

zachthesnack
83
I've noticed a trend with Mogwai in that they are very good at making very good post-rock, but they don't really seem to do anything that really sets them apart or blows me away. They are just so goddamn consistent and you always know that you are going to get some beautiful atmospheres and epic guitar riffs when you put a Mogwai record on.

Favs: Crossing the Road Material, Brain Sweeties, Battered at a Scramble

Least Fav: aka 47
Benny
86
You know how this fucking sounds on vinyl

It sounds fucking fenomenal(and yes i said phenomenal like that on purpose)
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
blinkclyro
80
Albeit not the band’s defining work, or the best flowing or most coherent one, Every Country’s Sun is wonderful proof of Mogwai’s signature sound being still being developed decades on from their debut in the post-rock world.
Music_Observer
71
This album was rather one dimensional in its musical approach and lacked a lot of dramatic linear motion, yet its purpose of being something one can effortlessly groove on without any strings attached is done very well with a unique enveloping sound that certainly has merit in its own right. My Score: 128/180 (Good) = 71/100
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Track List

  1. Coolverine
  2. Party in the Dark
  3. Brain Sweeties
  4. Crossing the Road Material
  5. aka 47
  6. 20 Size
  7. 1000 Foot Face
  8. Don't Believe the Fife
  9. Battered at a Scramble
  10. Old Poisons
  11. Every Country's Sun
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