In Brief: Mew’s keyboard-heavy indie rock sound will always inspire mental flights of fancy, and I appreciate the occasional heavier moments, too. But this record feels less “prog” than their last few, and I don’t think the songwriting is as intriguing, which means a lot of it is pleasant but forgettable.
In Brief: As gorgeous and otherworldly as Mew’s brand of “indie stadium rock” can be, + – doesn’t quite reach the heights of No More Stories… or And the Glass Handed Kites, which were more progressive in nature and felt like more of a deeply connected listening experience. This album is more akin to Frengers, in that it feels more like it’s simply 10 good tracks with a few “instant classic” highlights scattered among them.
Album: And the Glass Handed Kites
In Brief: No More Stories… is still Mew’s best work, but Kites, with all of its misshapen idiosyncracies, continues to haunt me in fascinating ways.
Artist: Jonas Bjerre
Album: Songs and Music from the Movie Skyscraper
In Brief: In which I fall in love with the soundtrack to an obscure Danish film that I’ve never even seen.
Album: No More Stories / Are Told Today / I’m Sorry / They Washed Away // No More Stories / The World Is Gray / I’m Tired / Let’s Wash Away
In Brief: Don’t let the title fool you. There’s some joyously melodic, and not terribly pretentious, expression of a band’s wild imagination going on here.