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Mogwai 31/8/2008

Review

Like Ten Rapid but with a more awkward name, Mogwai [EP+6] collects some of the experimental rock titans' singles and EPs with such a natural feel that it almost seems like it was designed as an album. In this case, 1997's 4 Satin EP is joined with 1999's self-titled EP and "Xmas Steps," the single version of Come on Die Young's track. The 13-and-a-half-minute "Stereodee" is just as compelling an epic as any of the tracks that wound up on either of those albums, showcasing the band's masterful way with ebbing, flowing, letting a song explode, and pulling it back together again. "Xmas Steps" -- which is a minute longer than the album version of the song -- also shows how expertly Mogwai can play with time and dynamics as they scale a mountain of sound that turns out to be a volcano when they get to the top. This pair of tracks makes up the heart of Mogwai [EP+6], but "Stanley Kubrick"'s limpid pedal steel and "Burn Girl Prom Queen" round out its melancholy soul. These tracks surrounding the Young Team/Come on Die Young era show that Mogwai distribute their wealth pretty equally among their long and short-form releases, and make this collection necessary for any fan who doesn't own these songs already. ~ Heather Phares
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Superheroes of BMX Mogwai 7:59
  3. 2 Now You're Taken Mogwai 6:54
  4. 3 Stereodee Mogwai 13:37
  5. 4 Xmas Steps Mogwai 11:12
  6. 5 Rollerball Mogwai 3:44
  7. 6 Small Children in the Background Mogwai 6:48
  8. 7 Stanley Kubrick Mogwai 4:13
  9. 8 Christmas Song Mogwai 3:19
  10. 9 Burn Girl Prom Queen Mogwai 8:28
  11. 10 Rage: Man Mogwai 5:3

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