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4 reviews »‘Rave Tapes’ is the eighth studio album from the Glasgow boys, pretty amazing really as personally I’ve watched them blossom from wee scamps back in the mid nineties to the stadium rock giants they are now (well almost!). From the opening track ‘Heard About You Last Night’ it’s truly evident that Mogwai have become masters of their craft, some would say this is ... »

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Rave Tapes by Mogwai
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9/10 Ian Staff review, 16 January 2014

‘Rave Tapes’ is the eighth studio album from the Glasgow boys, pretty amazing really as personally I’ve watched them blossom from wee scamps back in the mid nineties to the stadium rock giants they are now (well almost!). From the opening track ‘Heard About You Last Night’ it’s truly evident that Mogwai have become masters of their craft, some would say this is a tried and tested formula but so many bands in the “post-rock” genre have come and gone over the last 15 years or so, Mogwai however seem to be here to stay whether you like it or not.

‘Rave Tapes’ is a much more urgent sounding record than it’s predecessor ‘Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will’, with the purely synth orientated ‘Remurdered’ being a standout track and the album as a whole being quite electronic sounding, ‘Deesh’ being another synth heavy dirge, ‘Rave Tapes’ certainly doesn’t do anything particularly surprising or groundbreaking but it’s Mogwai doing what they do best, like an old comforting armchair, you wouldn’t want it to be lumpy or uncomfortable would you?


9/10 Brian Cash Customer review, 10th February 2014

The Mogwai Rave Tapes boxset is a beast of an artifact. Having been a 'Gwai fan for almost 15 years I collected eveything they have put out, but with this new album they have surpassed themselves. The record itself is a fresh and bold statement: cutting analog synths met with an emphasis on rhytym rather than loud/quiet dynamics. Having a hardback photography book of Steve Gullick's work rounds off the Rave Tapes experience in a pleasing way. Very happy to have purchased this.


9/10 GS Customer review, 10th February 2014

Great Album by a Magwai back in form. A bit more electronic than their previous stuff, but still you can hear it's Mogwai through and through. If in doubt check out Remurdered, which for me is the standout track on the album. Also a big plus for the fantastic customer service by the staff at Norman.


9/10 Tiny Ghost Customer review, 5th February 2014

The allusion to 90s cassette tapes passed between friends containing eclectic compilations of slightly dodgy electronic tunes, is in someways misleading and yet a framework for how the album works. This has very little (if anything) to do with "rave" music. There are a few more dashes and smatterings of electronica here than on Hardcore will never die... or earlier offerings. But the synths aren't all Hot Chip (twee/camp), they are pretty old school analogue sounds that augment and support the massive onslaught of guitar brilliance that will inevitably follow. Excuse me for getting slightly mixed up with the lingering excellence of Les Revenants soundtrack, which has occupied my headspace since it's release. That was great, often low key and deeply moving. This is like that, BUT with bigger, more brutal and beautiful soaring crescendos. Like a mix tape (rave generation) the album wanders into different territories, explores sweeping vistas and exotic landscapes, juxtaposes the intimate with the colossal and has a slightly unpredictable (and exciting) track listing. It's always beautiful, sometimes confusing and occasionally overwhelmingly emotional. If you're a gear junkie, they have some of the best amp, guitar, synth sounds (in an indie aesthetic) that you could hope to find. It's another Mogwai album, whatever that might mean to you. But it has greater contrast and high production values (as opposed to the lower-fi Young Team etc). Soundtrack to modern life? Depends on your life-style. But it is a beautiful backdrop to the modern malaise of hi-NRG, glossy power pop nonsense. Buy it on vinyl. Hear it.


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