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Special Moves


Special Moves

Live album from Glasgow post-rock five-piece recorded at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg

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  1. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Sempiternal, lucid and eviscerating (the fact I managed to fit all three adjectives in once sentence is likewise incredulous) – just like a real-life Mogwai concert
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  2. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    What's especially impressive about Special Moves is how Mogwai deploy their few vocal tracks to alternately heighten and diffuse tension
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  3. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Special Moves acts as something of a ‘best of’ for Mogwai; a performance that captures the band at their musical best whilst chronicling the beginning of their career to their latest effort
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  4. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Special Moves/Burning serves as a useful rounding-up of what Mogwai have achieved in 15 years, showcasing many of their best songs via their highly-accomplished live shows
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  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    For fans of Mogwai, big fans, this release will be a huge relief as we all have to wait a long time to get our Mogwai fills and this will at least tide us over for a portion of time
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A fittingly monolithic monument to their work to date. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   State

    The sound and mastering are terrific throughout, with a few of these live tracks arguably trumping their recorded equivalents. A worthy addition to their catalogue
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  8. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    What was epic enough across six studio albums sounds dazzling here
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This is evidence, as if it ever needed saying, that they are a still a mighty live outfit. Long may they make make masonry crumble
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  10. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Live CD Special Moves and accompanying film Burning capture the Scottish rockers in fine form
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  11. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    To do the Glaswegian quintet justice, you’d have to put out a live album in surround sound at immense volume
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  12. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    An attempt to catch Scotland’s greatest export at the height of their powers, and up to a point, it succeeds
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  13. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Hard to imagine anyone but the previously committed fan will be signing up here. Print edition only

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