Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Feb 15, 2011
    76
    There aren't many surprises on Hardcore, but with jams this solid, surprises are unnecessary.
  2. Mar 17, 2011
    75
    The cumulative effect can be like listening to a church choir doing canons while simultaneously crushing OCs on your bicuspids, one at a bloody time.
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    69
    A couple of tracks feature liberally processed vocals, but the singing acts less as a melodic agent than as one more source of instrumental texture.
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    While their spacious, mostly instrumental music makes good use of dynamics (and reaches ear-bleeding volumes during live shows), they mark their label switch from Matador to Sub Pop with a lightness (as in absence of darkness, not bereft of weight) that's refreshing.
  5. Feb 22, 2011
    60
    Its (mostly) gimmick-free, clear-eyed dreamer propulsion will buoy you. But if, like me, you're looking for something a little deeper in an instrumental rock record and you don't unrestrainedly sanctify this band, you may want to hold out till the next Do Make Say Think album.
  6. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    Hardcore contains some of their most affecting tunes since the early singles, instrumental parts coiling around each other in graceful, liquid polyphony. [Mar 2011, p.97]
  7. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    This is an album that's far from complacent and what's most in evidence throughout is they're seeking to challenge themselves as much as their audience.
  8. Feb 16, 2011
    79
    If Mogwai are looking for new routes to explore then Hardcore is a strong first venture.
  9. Feb 16, 2011
    60
    They aren't working out new muscles so much as they're toning and flexing the ones they have. That doesn't make these songs bad, or even boilerplate. Mogwai is good enough at what they do to keep it fresh enough, but when they're not exploring as much on record, we get less to listen for in the bargain.
  10. Feb 16, 2011
    66
    Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will--doesn't change the pattern Mogwai have set for themselves on recent, often middling, releases: There are some anthemic guitar blasts, some prettily drifting comedowns, and one or two vocal tracks.
  11. Feb 15, 2011
    75
    For now, Mogwai is happy and ready to stay more firmly planted in the present and the physical. It's a beautiful album, sure, but most important, it's a fun one too.
  12. Feb 15, 2011
    75
    The peaks and valleys have eroded into slightly more forgiving terrain on Hardcore, but they're still worth a trip.
  13. Feb 15, 2011
    70
    So it continues with Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, an album with no missteps...because every trick that Mogwai has used in the past is present in almost comically balanced fashion.
  14. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    While the album is far from rote, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will certainly feels familiar; it may not be as immediately impressive as some Mogwai albums, but its back-to-basics approach makes it another fine addition to their body of work.
  15. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    The thicker the walls of sound this time around, the better, too--the forward-marching layers of distortion throughout "Rano Piano" and at the end of the hyper-cinematic "You're Lionel Richie" are the most purposeful and satisfying aspects of the album.
  16. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    For Mogwai, it works; the sound's grandiloquent and goddamnit, loud.
  17. 80
    By giving a wide berth to the safety of the post-rock label they've long despised, Mogwai have recorded some of their finest songs since "Mr Beast."
  18. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Whether this is a better record than previous Mogwai releases is hard to say categorically, but it is certainly bolder and braver than what came before it. Yet equally, it is the same trademark moves and subtleties that will make and just as rewarding of repeated listens as its predecessors. Mogwai have released another jumper, but not quite like we know it.
  19. Feb 14, 2011
    60
    Hardcore... may be their most consistent album for a while but any of its tracks would have fitted perfectly on its predecessors Mr Beast or The Hawk is Howling.
  20. 80
    It's a striking snapshot of a band on top of their ever-evolving game, with a fair amount of surprises thrown in for good measure.
  21. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    Every band should mature like the Mogwai lads: still inventive, still challenging themselves and still insanely loud.
  22. 70
    Though generally a triumph, the album has a couple cuts that feel unsubstantiated.
  23. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    So while Hardcore... is a shift of speed, downwards, it's only a gear change rather than a signal that the whole journey's coming to an end.
  24. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    Hardcore is mostly content to refine the band's epic, frequently breathtaking constructions.
  25. Hardcore Will Never Die has a good amount of brawn to it but ultimately falls into the category of breathtaking music that isn't made too often.
  26. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    You and I may die, but we can all rest easy in the knowledge that not only shall hardcore never die, but neither shall Mogwai. Long live the kings of post-rock noise.
  27. Feb 14, 2011
    40
    It's not that it's post-rock-by-numbers, although at times it really is, but more so that it doesn't even sound like there are painters behind the palette.
  28. Feb 11, 2011
    80
    Washed-out electronic textures, vocodered singing, and gentle piano envelop much of the album in a pastoral haze, and while Mogwai's signature guitar dynamics are both present and predictably melodramatic, they eschew the balls-out heavy-metal tantrums that Burning so capably highlighted.
  29. Feb 9, 2011
    80
    It's still apparent that Mogwai have, once again, produced a record of astonishing subtlety.
  30. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    The Scots post-rockers who will outlast them all. [March 2011, p. 100]
  31. Mar 9, 2011
    70
    Yeah, it's been done before, but Mogwai have an astounding command of the songwriting chops necessarily to do it right, which they've remarkably done yet again without sounding in the least but stale. [Feb 2011, p.66]
  32. Mar 9, 2011
    80
    Hardcore sounds defiantly re-energised, like a band starting over. [Mar 2011, p.112]
  33. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    As Hardcore closes, it beats its chest too, the subtleties of the album's earlier songs unfurled into those wonderful dramas of old. [12 Feb 2011, p.52]
  34. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    Characteristically, Mogwai surrender just enough melodic nuance to sustain superficial interest--without forfeiting the abstractions necessary to save the whole affair from sounding like Enya for art school kids. [Mar 2011, p.96]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 13, 2011
    9
    Although it's nothing ENTIRELY new the band has come out with their most consistent and tight record. I love this album to pieces. "Letters to the Metro" "Rano Pano" and "Death Rays" are the best and even make it into their top 15 career tracks. Full Review »
  2. Apr 28, 2011
    9
    Im quite a Postrock Fan, but i've never listened to Mogwai before i bought this album. And it really suprised me, because i can understand now why this band is an Inspiration for almost every other Postrock band. for me, this album is perfect in every detail. Thanks, Mogwai. Full Review »
  3. Feb 17, 2011
    9
    Ranks up there with Come On Die Young, Ten Rapid, and Mr. Beast in the Mogwai's best album category....might even satisfy some of those still obssessed with Young Team. This is the album they tried to make with The Hawk is Howling and sounds very refreshing for this band. Only song I didn't care for was the last one. Full Review »