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No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away (Bonus Track Version)

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As with any Mew recording, the true magic contained inside their fifth studio album begins to unravel and captivate you upon repeated listens. But after the first play, the genius here is clearly evident. The intricate elegance of No More Stories Are Told Today… begins with “New Terrain,” a psychedelic orchestra of soundscapes and sonic textures that yields another song named “Nervous” if you play it backwards. (Mew leaves it to your own devices as to figure out how to do this). Not since the Stone Roses recordings from the early ‘90s has a band offered two songs in one by playing it in reverse. The summery “Beach” is a romantic tune that sounds like Josh Rouse collaborating with Air, and the danceable “Tricks of the Trade” recalls the kind of ‘80s electropop that accompanied clove-smoking club girls decked out in black and white. “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy” is an otherworldly epic replete with a children’s choir and a sonic expanse big enough for stadiums. Fans of the band’s prog side will feel at home with the bookending “Reprise,” a tune worthy of listening to while wearing a cape.

Customer Reviews

If I were Mew...

...and I clicked HillBilly05's profile and pondered his semi-literate musings on other bands I would take the fact that he gave me one star as a cue to just hang it up and try another line of work. A clear and articulate analysis such as his coupled with a one star review would be too much to take. One can only pick up the pieces and try to look at just what went wrong when a critic of his calibre so throughly eviscerates one's work. In any case, 5 stars from me, this album is phenomenal. Not as poppy as I would have guessed based on the interviews that preceded it but that's fine by me. I'm eager to hear these songs live.

Let's be reasonable

I found it comical that someone accused Mew of attempting to sound like Death Cab. And the slam on the artwork was very cute. Unfortunately, some people were expecting an exact replication of GHK, but let's be reasonable. This album is still Mew. It's an exciting new take on their completely original style. People that have "favorite" bands and expect every album to be exactly the same, and to invoke exactly the same emotions upon every listen to every song, have no real appreciation for the artist. What makes GHK such a gem in their already sensational collection? That it's just that: GHK. It's nothing else. It is an album within itself, meant to be completely original, with completely original sounds. If you were a true "fan" as you say, you'd be able to appreciate this fresh album. Props to Mew, for a matured, new sound. Also, anyone who comments on the "silly offbeat tempo" of Palace Players might not have any actual knowledge of music. Offbeat? Sounds like you'd be happier listening to, I don't know, like, Coldplay, or something.

Mew is good. With or without J. Mascis.

Ok so I got into this band after hearing that J Mascis was on Glass Handed Kites, so I checked it out, bought it, dug it, lived it. Being a vet Dino Jr fan I figured these guys were some bad*ss guitar rock group. Bought Frengers and realized they're just a damn good band altogether. Then they come out with this... and although it's different, it's just as good. More keys, less guitar. Reminds me of the soundtracks of the old 80's fantasy movies I use to watch as a kid... Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, etc. You know with the weird new age keyboard sound and overdramatic reverbed tom rolls. I like that sound (beginning at 2:50 into Cartoons... is a good example) . And this is the only band that has been able to recognize and appreciate that sound. Mew is a good band. I'm a fan. I like this album. Sorry if you don't.

Biography

Formed: Hellerup, Denmark

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The members of space pop innovators Mew first met in the seventh grade in Hellerup, Denmark. Before they could even play instruments, the ambitious youths — singer Jonas Bjerre, guitarist Bo Madsen, bassist Johan Wohlert, and drummer Silas Graae — were ready to make music together, although they initially failed as a band called Orange Dog. Madsen briefly spent time in the United States before the guys came back together in their late teens as Mew. Inspired by My Bloody Valentine, the...
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