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Every Country's Sun

Mogwai

Every Country's Sun

Ninth studio album from the Glaswegian post-rock band produced by Dave Fridmann (Spoon, The Flaming Lips MGMT)

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Rock Action / Temporary Residence
UK Release date
01/09/2017
US Release date
01/09/2017
  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The sound of a band renewed and a personality reasserted
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Every Country’s Sun is an intent-drenched return to form from a band who, thank Christ, have never once abandoned it
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    All killer, nae filler
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    After all this time, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mogwai had run out of tricks, but this album shows that there’s plenty of life in this band yet
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  5. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Where once their revolutionary sound startled, their evolutionary execution now beguiles - and keeps them several steps ahead of the pack
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  6. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Despite the odd misstep—like the distant minimalism of “1000 Foot Face”—the album soars with a vibrancy that sustains it over its nearly hourlong running time
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    As ever, it’s music that seeks to somehow navigate a pathway through life’s eternal chaos
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  8. 8.0 |   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
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  9. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    As they continue to experiment, the LP feels just as surprising as it doesn’t
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  10. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    A welcome return to form
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  11. 8.0 |   Punk News

    It has enough experimentation in it to throw off fans of old, but Every Country's Sun is a Mogwai album at heart
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Mogwai are still exploring the push-pull dynamics of soft and harsh and slow and fast with almost bewilderingly pleasing results. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The once-lairy Scots' high-volume potency remains beyond question
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  14. 8.0 |   The Music

    The sound of a band consciously detached from their high-browed rock-oriented past and simply enjoying themselves
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  15. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    If their Atomic and Before the Flood soundtrack work suggested Mogwai might be mellowing in their middle age, they were misleading
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  16. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Another reminder that no matter how much the world seems to be spinning out of control, Mogwai can always be counted on to give fans exactly what they need.
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    Feels like an album that the world needs right now, an escapism from ever-present and inescapable vulgarity of reality
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  18. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It shifts from soft, undefined noises to something which can be most accurately described as a tortured animal hissing in pain
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  19. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Don’t Believe the Fife is one towering highlight, 1000 Foot Face is a prayer-like chorale, while Party in the Dark is the closest they’ve come to a proper pop single
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  20. 8.0 |   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
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  21. 7.8 |   Gig Soup

    The band’s finest release in half a decade
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  22. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Contains the same bratty conviction that defined their greatest records, like there’s something truly at stake
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  23. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A hopeful, even ecstatic record
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  24. 7.5 |   The 405

    They’re no longer a young team, but they can still flex some muscle with the best of them
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  25. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    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
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  26. 6.0 |   Q

    Some listeners will wish they reached for the post-punk pop moment of ghostly vocal track Part In The Dark's more frequently. Print edition only

  27. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Mogwai apply subtle details that are unmistakably their own
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  28. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    The outlier is Party in the Dark, an uptempo, Stuart Braithwaite-sung, dream-pop number, the band surprisingly at home within the confines of a verse-chorus-verse structure
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  29. 6.0 |   DIY

    Serene isn’t necessarily a word you would associate with this group of Scottish post-rock legends
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  30. 6.0 |   The FT

    It is all done well, but Every Country’s Sun really comes to life in the final trio of songs, when the guitars are turned up and distortion is unleashed in a visceral burst of noise
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  31. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Longtime fans of Mogwai will probably enjoy this one to some extent, but there are certainly stronger post-rock options out there both inside and outside of their discography
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  32. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Old Poisons raises some of the 90s indie furies the band seems to have outgrown, but elsewhere music that’s supposedly sparse ends up feeling hollow
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