Mogwai, 'The Hawk Is Howling' (Matador)

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The Hawk Is Howling
Critical Mass
Label: Matador

by Joe Gross

Have these once-deafening, instrumental Scots finally returned to the Imax guitar-rock dynamics that made them one of the most egregiously ripped-off underground bands of the past ten years? Almost. On their seventh album -- following the more subdued Mr. Beast and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait -- doofus song titles ("I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead") take the piss out of moody movements that scream, "Soundtrack license here, mate!" But when they work up a good buzz and growl ("Batcat") or hit a scrumptious riff ("The Sun Smells Too Loud"), Mogwai still take your breath away.

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