Every Country's Sun

Mogwai - Every Country's Sun
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2017 Ratings: #209 / 881
User Score
Based on 147 ratings
2017 Ratings: #314
Liked by 2 people
September 1, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Temporary Residence / Label
Post-Rock / Genres
mogwai.co.uk / Website
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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.

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.
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.


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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.


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

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.
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.
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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.
They’ve gleaned some of the bliss of Ride, some of the shimmering prettiness of 65daysofstatic but perhaps lost something too.

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.

'Every Country's Sun' marks the departure of long time guitarist John Cummings but with the band's increasingly soundtrack'ish approach it's hard to really notice too obviously; the days of 'Like Herod' with its ear splitting guitar assault are long gone at this stage (though the end of 'Battered Like a Scramble' makes a decent case for the defence).

Sadly this release is the album that carries the least of the band's personality and in a blind listening test I'm sure most of this material ... read more
You know how this fucking sounds on vinyl

It sounds fucking fenomenal(and yes i said phenomenal like that on purpose)
"Every Country's Sun" is a fantastic comeback for the band, as it combines what worked in the past and builds upon it. While some post-rock cliches remain, I think this is a huge improvement from their previous work. I do fear that their next record is going to be weak because I'm starting to see a pattern here.

Fav Tracks: Crossing the Road Material, Coolverine, Every Country's Sun, Battered in a Scramble, Party in the Dark, Brain Sweeties, 20 Size

Least Fav Track: aka ... read more
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
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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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Added on: May 14, 2017