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Mew, ‘No More Stories…’ (Columbia)

Stacey Anderson // August 25, 2009

Forward, it’s enticing — but in reverse, it’s sublime. Not just “New Terrain,” the vocal-looping and tape-rewinding opener of Mew’s fourth album, but the Danish psych-rockers’ songwriting path. On 2005’s And the Glass Handed Kites, the group braided moaning Death Cab vocals through labyrinthine Sigur Rós rock, but here they set more finite boundaries: The lyrics are less opaque (kettle-drum-laden “Hawaii” is fatalist, not fancy-free), and the dance-pop pulse is snappily straight ahead. But following a few more rules makes Mew no less exhilarating.

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