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  • Summary: Mogwai's 2011 release Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is remixed by such artists as Cylob, Tim Hecker, The Soft Moon, Umberto, and Zombi.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
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  1. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    Although it may not be essential listening for Mogwai fans, A Wrenched Virile Lore's recontextualized tracks certainly allow for greater appreciation of one of the band's best albums in years.
  2. Nov 30, 2012
    80
    Almost to a man (there's the odd fail, but they're near misses not massive stinkers) the remix team delivers, transforming the borrowed materials into something not better, but of equal merit.
  3. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    With A Wrenched Virile Lore, they offer a set of reworkings that are more cohesive than their previous collection, while still taking the songs from Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will in notably different directions from their origins and from each other.
  4. 60
    Their taste in remixers still tends to the indie-friendly, but their imposing guitar squalls are repeatedly processed into a wildly different beast.
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    60
    Thoughtfully conceived and carefully executed, it's a record worth braving. [Dec 2012, p.122]
  6. Nov 27, 2012
    60
    One wonders if the venture should have reached out to the band's full catalogue, but it remains an adventurous extension for those who hold them dear.
  7. Nov 26, 2012
    50
    A more succinct approach to these re-assembled works would have done wonders, though as it stands leaves these ten tracks merely as a curiosity for long-standing Mogwai fans only.

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