Mogwai - Come On Die Young

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1999-03-29

Scottish noise terrorists Mogwai were weaned on a diet of intense, experimental American rock. Accordingly, Come On Die Young has the darkest heart; thankfully, though, it's by no means an unlistenable prospect. The opening track, "Punk Rock", samples a bootlegged interview with Iggy Pop, in which the man claims "I don't know Johnny Rotten. But I'm sure he puts as much blood, and sweat into what he does as Sigmund Freud did." And that's the great thing about Mogwai: they care too much. Taking their cue from the instrumental menace of groups like Labradford and Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Mogwai construct a dark, panoramic noise. "Helps Both Ways" and "Ex-Cowboy" are distillations of melancholia, but "Christmas Steps" is the album's blazing peak--a precise tidal wave of destruction that brings a truly landmark album to a close. --Louis Pattison

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