• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2013
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 28, 2013
    80
    As much as Mogwai are known for defining post-rock's sound, they're just as good at defying expectations, which Les Revenants does with an intimate, low-key brilliance.
  2. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    So Les Revenants has, by virtue of finding perfect inspiration, become one of the more satisfyingly coherent and rangy of Mogwai's records.
  3. 60
    A reflection of the outfit’s independent nature, Les Revenants shows Mogwai succeeding in their aim to replace the typical anxiety-inducing scores of horror flicks with one that urges the viewer to uncover their own fears within the melody.
  4. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    The experience is filmic first and foremost, barely for a minute could Les Revenants survive as a stand-alone album, but it’s the curiosity and atmospherics of that leant narrative that compels the listener through the album.
  5. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    The result is Mogwai’s most vital release in years; a collection of fully realized pieces that could be the closest they’ll ever come to an unplugged greatest hits.
  6. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Les Revenants is more about establishing a complex, unsettling atmosphere than slashing Bernard Herrmann-esque quiet/loud dynamics. [Apr 2013, p.90]
  7. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    Nevertheless, like British Sea Power have recently done with Man of Aran and From the Land to the Sea Beyond, Mogwai have again produced a soundtrack that stands up as an album in its own right.
  8. Feb 28, 2013
    76
    The soundtrack album Les Revenants contains not a shred of the terror Mogwai is capable of wreaking, and it works terrifically--it rarely comes off overly dramatic or leading, and matches the unsettling feel of the show.
  9. Mar 13, 2013
    70
    Mostly Les Revenants is impressive for showing just how good Mogwai is even when its playing against (a few of) its strengths.
  10. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    [The soundtrack is paring] the sound down for wistful and occasionally beautiful miniatures. [May 2013, p.106]
  11. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    It’s a grower--and a cunningly deceptive one at that.
  12. Jul 25, 2013
    80
    There's more here than we've heard on TV, but the tinkling bells and cellos of Hungry Face and unsettling guitar intro to The Huts work perfectly over a full-length album.
  13. 80
    Mogwai's score for the French TV series Les Revenants places certain restrictions on the band's style which, it must be said, work to their advantage.
  14. They've done a respectful job of augmenting the atmosphere of melancholy, contemplation and unease.
  15. 70
    Though it’s clearly crafted with a visual accompaniment in mind, it does just about work as its own album; albeit one of their strangest, and most inventive.
  16. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    Their soundtrack for supernatural French drama The Returned is just as good [Mogwai's music for the extraordinary football movie Zidane]; no less absorbing whether you encounter it through headphones or on TV.
  17. Feb 28, 2013
    90
    With the soundtrack to Les Revenants, they have created a work of aural tension; a masterclass in how implied threat is far more effective than a million scary monsters.
  18. Apr 5, 2013
    80
    Mogwai eschew their trademark squall and fuzz for measured and clenched guitar chords, echoed piano notes and eerie arpeggios of guitar that stalk unresolved through a stark, naked soundscape. [Mar 2013, p.62]
  19. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    These moody, brooding pieces avoid TV cliche and occasionally produce gems in their own right. [May 2013, p.74]
  20. Mar 28, 2013
    70
    Ultimately Les Revenants is a Mogwai album without any rock, and this proves to be a smart move.

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