Mr. Beast

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. If you like Mogwai for the sounds they make, for their instrumental dynamic and ebbing/flowing moodiness, you'll probably like Mr Beast - there's certainly little to object to. But if you love Mogwai... perhaps Mr Beast isn't for you.
  2. A more straightforward affair than previous works, and as such suffers from predictability.
  3. There’s little to differentiate Mr. Beast from Happy Songs, and less to recommend it in the face of Mogwai’s potent catalog.
  4. 60
    Mr Beast, by Mogwai's normally formidable standards, underwhelms. [Apr 2006, p.96]
  5. 50
    Too often Mr. Beast is dire sounding and dull, and nearing deadweight. [May 2006, p.86]
  6. A premature nostalgia trip: a journey back to college radio at the end of the '90s. [Apr/May 2006, p.106]
  7. Simplicity doesn't make Mr. Beast unpleasant, just dumb.
  8. While Mr. Beast may not sound as fine Happy Songs... or Rock Action, it no doubt kicks ass live.
  9. 58
    They vacillate between flotational devices and skull-crushers. [Apr 2006, p.91]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. May 13, 2011
    9
    Very consistent and fun album. They're really showing off their strengths as a band going into different styles of music.This is essentiallyVery consistent and fun album. They're really showing off their strengths as a band going into different styles of music.This is essentially them making a fluid pop album. There is a weak link or two in the 2nd half of the record but overall an above average release. Full Review »
  2. CarlS
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    all you folks who are disappointed in this album and don't think it lives up to their other stuff are wrong, completely and utterly all you folks who are disappointed in this album and don't think it lives up to their other stuff are wrong, completely and utterly wrong. This album is damn near perfect, and contains some of Mogwai's finest work. I mean how the hell can you not get amped up by Glasgow Mega-Snake? and how can Friend of the Night not give you shivers during the piano parts? Travel is Dangerous? Folk Death 95? both awesome tracks. Those of you who didn't like this album are seriously missing out. Full Review »
  3. OttoZ
    Oct 21, 2006
    9
    Hypnotic and interesting, artful and always cool.