A Wrenched Virile Lore review by Mogwai

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  • Released: Nov 19, 2012
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 7.4 (10 votes)
Mogwai: A Wrenched Virile Lore

Sound — 7
Mogwai are a post-rock band from Scotland, who first caught the world's eye in 1997 with their critically acclaimed debut album, "Mogwai Young Team". They're arguably best for their unique instrumentals that introduce instruments such as the guitar, bass and drums, which you would normally think of when the term "rock band" comes to mind, with such instruments as the glockenspiel and flute. Now, Mogwai have invaded the world once again in 2012 with their new studio album, "A Wrenched Virile Lore". Their new album isn't exactly what fans might come to expect from their Scotland rockers. Instead of being an album filled with new, elaborate instruments, "A Wrenched Virile Lore" is actually comprised of remixed versions of their 2011 album, "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will". Now, a remixed album can mean many different things. In this case, such guitar driven songs as "White Noise" have been downright bombarded with echoing synthesizers and electronic drum beats. Although this may not have been the first thing to come to mind when fans heard the words "new Mogwai album", these remixes add a surprising amount of enjoyable depth to the originals, and might just even top the originals.

Lyrics — 7
When it comes to lyrics and singing, "A Wrenched Virile Lore" is simply an instrumental album. I am now faced with the difficult task of rating the "Lyrics and Singing" section when this album has no singing or lyrics. So, I will just give this section a "7".

Overall Impression — 7
Overall, "A Wrenched Virile Lore" is a very good remix album from Mogwai. Although I may have liked to see the members of Mogwai make an album of all new material, the inclusion of electronic synthesizers and drums provide each of the original songs an additional layer of depth in their sound, and almost sound like completely new songs altogether.

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    I still haven't checked this out, but I'm definitely interested. The remix of Auto-Rock that they did before is one of my all time favorites, so I'm hoping for more of the same here.