Mr. Beast - Mogwai
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. Immediate without sounding dumbed-down, Mr. Beast shows the band at the peak of their powers.
  2. While Mogwai once seemed too ambitious for their own good, Mr. Beast perfectly distills the essence of the band's raison d'etre. [Apr 2006, p.214]
  3. While Mr. Beast may not sound as fine Happy Songs... or Rock Action, it no doubt kicks ass live.
  4. A more straightforward affair than previous works, and as such suffers from predictability.
  5. For the most part, "Mr. Beast" finds Mogwai quite comfortable in a genre they've helped define.
  6. The result is that we have a transitory album, but also a typically beautiful and subtle one.
  7. A solid – albeit unadventurous - long-player, which refines instead of redefines and consolidates more than it innovates.
  8. There are no huge surprises on this album - it sounds and feels exactly how you'd expect - but somehow "Mr Beast" still seems vital and forward thinking.
  9. Mr. Beast isn’t Mogwai’s most challenging or daring record, but it might be its most beautiful or powerful.
  10. 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.
  11. Their efforts at stretching boundaries falter because they have inscribed themselves within such narrow aesthetic parameters, hitting a fourth chord feels like a massive achievement.
  12. Proof that smart music can be fierce, too. [10 Mar 2006, p.68]
  13. 80
    Sure it's louder, but it's too self-disciplined and too well-arranged. [#19, p.96]
  14. Mr. Beast is by far Mogwai’s most accessible album to date, teetering between epic hard rock and a melodic, driven vocal delivery.
  15. 80
    Delivers on the melodic promise of 2001's Rock Action, teetering between art-bruised fragility during its slower, gentler moments and flashes of stereo-buckling metal. [Mar 2006, p.93]
  16. It is hard to say which side of Mogwai is more moving, the quietly beautiful or the transcendently loud, but the great thing about Mr. Beast is that you don't have to decide.
  17. A monster of a record. [4 Mar 2006, p.31]
  18. Compelling and emotionally charged.
  19. A beautifully tense and thoughtful record.
  20. A premature nostalgia trip: a journey back to college radio at the end of the '90s. [Apr/May 2006, p.106]
  21. Mr. Beast's shortcomings lie not with what's present, but with what's missing. Mogwai are capable of tremendous beauty, poignant gloom, and ear-splitting sonic pyrotechnics, but only transcend when they combine each of these elements. Here, they rarely give themselves enough building room to conjoin these moods and styles.
  22. Ten years after they first assaulted us, Mogwai remain as vital as ever.
  23. At this point, Mogwai have learned enough from their mistakes and built enough on their strengths that Mr. Beast could be considered by all means a flawless record.
  24. Unlike previous releases, when we were taken on several rides within a solitary track, the thrills and tempo changes have been stretched out to album length, making this offering essentially a forty-three-minute song, with each track becoming a spike or dip along the way.
  25. While the sense of danger that characterised 1997's Mogwai Young Team or 2001's Rock Action might have abated, Mr Beast shows a band who have lost none of their bark or their bite. [Mar 2006, p.108]
  26. With its plodding tempo, slow-woven guitars, melancholy piano chords and moments of crushing loudness, "Friend of the Night" is representative of much of the album, but Mr. Beast's best bits are those that dare to be different.
  27. Simplicity doesn't make Mr. Beast unpleasant, just dumb.
  28. 58
    They vacillate between flotational devices and skull-crushers. [Apr 2006, p.91]
  29. There’s little to differentiate Mr. Beast from Happy Songs, and less to recommend it in the face of Mogwai’s potent catalog.
  30. It's all a lesson in taking the rough with the smooth, from the best teachers around.
  31. Far from a drop off in coherence, Mr. Beast is just another stop on a long, strange, satisfying trip.
  32. 60
    Mr Beast, by Mogwai's normally formidable standards, underwhelms. [Apr 2006, p.96]
  33. The revelation of Mr. Beast is that it's the closest Mogwai have come to capturing the raw intensity of their live power. [#13, p.93]
  34. 50
    Too often Mr. Beast is dire sounding and dull, and nearing deadweight. [May 2006, p.86]
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 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 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.