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A Wrenched Virile Lore

Mogwai 11/23/2012


Mogwai are no strangers to remix albums, having issued Kicking a Dead Pig in 1998. However, with A Wrenched Virile Lore, they offer a set of reworkings that are more cohesive than their previous collection, while still taking the songs from Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will in notably different directions from their origins and from each other. It helps that the band enlisted a cadre of remixers that relate to different aspects of their sound and share a maverick spirit. Not many remix albums would feature a largely acoustic version of a song, but RM Hubbert's whispery reworking of one of HWNDBYW's loudest tracks, "Mexican Grand Prix," works in its own right as well as a challenge to what remixes could or should be. Similarly, Loop's Robert Hampson closes A Wrenched Virile Lore with his massive-yet-atmospheric take on "La Mort Blanche," which is as delicate as Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will's final track "You're Lionel Richie" was heavy. Actually, aside from Justin K Broadrick's version of "George Square Thatcher Death Party," which, with its mammoth drums and guitars, sounds the most like Mogwai in their unaltered state (as well as Broadrick's own output as Jesu), and the Soft Moon's throbbing reworking of "San Pedro," much of A Wrenched Virile Lore throws the band's electronic leanings into the spotlight. That's not surprising given that this is a remix album, but it's still pretty striking to hear, whether on Xander Harris' serenely pretty take on "How to Be a Werewolf" or Zombi's remix of "Letters to the Metro," which shows off their proggy synth rock perfectly. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will's single "Rano Pano" gets two equally strong but very different reworkings courtesy of Klad Hest (aka Beak>'s Matt Loveridge), who gives it a frantic, chiptune-tinged makeover, and Tim Hecker, whose gracefully arpeggiated take is another fine example of his work. With tracks as strong as these, Mogwai shouldn't wait so long to release their next remix collection. ~ Heather Phares
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 George Square Thatcher Death Party [Justin K Broadrick Reshape] Mogwai 5:1
  3. 2 Rano Pano Klad Hest [Mogwai Is My Dick Remix] Mogwai 7:19
  4. 3 White Noise [EVP Mix by Cyclob Side] Mogwai 5:9
  5. 4 How to Be a Werewolf [Xander Harris Remix] Mogwai 6:49
  6. 5 Letters to the Metro [Zombi Remix] Mogwai 7:19
  7. 6 Mexican Grand Prix [Reworked by RM Hubbert Side] Mogwai 4:30
  8. 7 Rano Pano [Tim Hecker Remix] Mogwai 4:42
  9. 8 San Pedro [The Soft Moon Remix Side] Mogwai 3:48
  10. 9 Too Raging to Cheers Umberto Mogwai 6:24
  11. 10 La Mort Blanche [Robert Hampson Remix] Mogwai 13:38

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