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Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. Nov 27, 2012
    70
    Like Hardcore, A Wrenched Virile Lore features 10 tracks, though it only references eight of the originals. However, even the mixes that draw from the same songs are different enough in approach and sequenced in such a way that the reappearances feel like purposeful reprises.
  5. Dec 17, 2012
    60
    This succeeds chiefly because its remixers take such drastic liberties with the source material. [Jan 2013, p.92]
  6. 60
    It's a changeup from the group's traditionally untraditional post-rock, which is exactly what it's supposed to be, and perhaps that's a success in itself.
  7. Dec 3, 2012
    60
    For better or worse, though, the album illuminates qualities in Hardcore Will Never Die that would have been easy to either miss completely or conveniently ignore, making it a worthwhile supplement to an already exceptional album.
  8. Nov 28, 2012
    60
    Thoughtfully conceived and carefully executed, it's a record worth braving. [Dec 2012, p.122]
  9. 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.
  10. 60
    Their taste in remixers still tends to the indie-friendly, but their imposing guitar squalls are repeatedly processed into a wildly different beast.
  11. Nov 26, 2012
    60
    Anyone unacquainted would be better off buying the original album, enjoying the aural experience of one of Mogwai's best for years and then revisiting what is essentially an add on, albeit one which builds on an impressive base and is an involving and exciting listen in its own right.
  12. Dec 11, 2012
    50
    The remixers' default mood is kind of middle-of-the-road electronica, neither daring nor danceable. [Jan 2013, p.79]
  13. 50
    And so it goes with Mogwai's A Wrenched Virile Lore: a broad range of electro producers, ambient knob-twiddlers, and singer-songwriters re-assemble the Scottish post-rock champs' most recent studio album, the excellent Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, mostly with shitty bonus-feature-styled results.
  14. 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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