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Rave Tapes


Rave Tapes

Eighth studio album from the Glaswegian post-rock quintet produced by former Delgados drummer Paul Savage

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Rave Tapes is filled with expert contrasts, making this a pulse-quickening return from a band that’s still evolving, and still amazing
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  2. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Rave Tapes might not be a complete change in direction for Mogwai, but it is different enough to suggest that there’s plenty of inventiveness left in the band yet
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  3. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Although Rave Tapes may not alter much from the well-honed Mogwai formula, this is an enthralling work that will burrow its way into your soul. Album of the year contender already? You bet your life it is
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    This is perhaps their most engrossing effort since the Young Team's debut
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    These unnerving moments and electronic flourishes show that 'Rave Tapes' is more than a side step. This won’t change your mind about Mogwai but it does more than enough to underline the fact that they are one of the most singular, interesting and disarming bands out there
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  6. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Honestly, Rave Tapes deserves a movie to score because it tells a story I would love to know more about
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  7. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    No matter what terrain Mogwai chooses to explore, it’s likely going to be a graceful, satisfying journey
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  8. 8.0 |   The 405

    Whilst Rave Tapes doesn't really do anything new, it would be unfair to accuse Mogwai of complacency
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  9. 8.0 |   Fact

    it’ll give you tingles, and it strongly suggests that there is a whole lot more reinvention still left in this band. This album is not just exciting for its sound, but for what it promises too.
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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Taken as a piece, as a work unto itself, ‘Rave Tapes’ is undoubtedly one of Mogwai’s strongest, most complete statements
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    They sound leaner and more quietly aggressive than ever - a streamlined, seething version of themselves. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Does not find Mogwai colonising new territory, but that seems fair when their own stretch of land is still giving up such gold. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Music that has the power to terrorise but also delight. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Time Out

    ‘Rave Tapes’ is Mogwai’s death-disco album. All hail their (re)murder on the dancefloor
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    With the epic wig-outs of Master Card and Hexon Bogon to sate fans of their rockier moments, it’s a hit
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    An excellent follow up to 2011's Hardcore Will Never Die, on which they seem to be recalling a rave of sorts
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  17. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Rave Tapes may not be their definitive album, and even if that never comes, it adds another clutch of undeniably brilliant songs to their arsenal
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  18. 8.0 |   State

    Such a mismatch unbalances the collection of songs and disrupts the continuity required to raise an album from being a very good one to a being a great one. But the quality of the stronger material still sees its through
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  19. 8.0 |   The List

    It all feels more deliberately understated than usual, if no less emotional
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  20. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Though typically methodical, it glows with a kind of staid, epiphanic inner-beauty, the most elegant, graceful thing they’ve ever recorded
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  21. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Their eighth album proper is clearly designed to be played very loud indeed
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  22. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An elaborate and intelligent album from a group that isn’t interested in grabbing their listeners by the scruff of their collective neck anymore; instead, today’s Mogwai are purveyors of nuance and subtlety, and fine ones at that
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  23. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A collection that maintains everything the band does so well without really furthering it in any particularly meaningful way
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  24. 7.0 |

    A tamer beast that rewards patient listening with a record that is their most consistent release in quite some time
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  25. 7.0 |   A.V. Club

    Perhaps the sound of a band wilfully slowing things down...And that’s all we ever wanted
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  26. 7.0 |   NME

    Doesn't stray far from Mogwai's comfort zone, but nor is it the sound of a band clapped out. Print edition only

  27. 7.0 |   All Music

    Rave Tapes takes a while to hit its stride, but it delivers plenty of moments to keep fans intrigued once it does
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  28. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Many were born to rock; Mogwai were born to score
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  29. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The sound of a band wilfully slowing things down
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  30. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Though not perfect, Rave Tapes shows a band comfortable in the expansion of their sound
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  31. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    One track can pass into the next almost unnoticed, which takes us, perhaps inevitably, back to soundtrack territory
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  32. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    If anything, Rave Tapes reminds me of the aforementioned Sigur Ros’ criminally underrated 2012 album Valtari; a restrained album with no standout tracks and which creatively treads water, but which does it in such a beautiful way it becomes far more than the sum of its parts
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  33. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    And even if the word “soundscape” leaves you cold, it’s still worth buying just to frame the cover
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  34. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    Here, Mogwai’s cautionary approach all but drowns out the faint echoes of the once brave band struggling to get out from within
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  35. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While other bands strain to reinvent themselves, Mogwai seems happy enough playing Mogwai. Why blame them? It’s what they do best
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  36. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Anyone expecting an homage to the the ecstasy rush of the 303 sound of the late 1980's acid house is going to be dissapointed
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  37. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    They'll all sound better live 'n' loud, but will any of these tracks be repeatedly requested by gig-goers
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