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  • Summary: The fifth album for the Danish band was produced by Rich Costey.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mew really does inhabit a place where few contemporaries can be found.
  2. Simply put, No More Stories… is accessible without being overbearingly so, experimental without sounding too abstract and ridiculous, and most importantly, one of the year's most endearing records.
  3. But where the band’s U.S. breakthrough, "And the Glass Handed Kites," sometimes felt sprawling, its follow-up achieves some much-needed clarity, distinguishing one song from the next and reining in the reverb with throbbing bass hits.
  4. Despite its ominous (and lofty) title, No More Stories/Are Told Today/I'm Sorry/They Washed Away/No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I'm Tired/Let's Wash Away is a dreamy blend of circular melodies and odd time signatures that requires multiple listens (this is par for the course with any Mew album) and a significant amount of cinematic stamina from the listener, and though it may not appeal to the masses, its mass is definitely appealing.
  5. 74
    No More Stories... glitters with ethereal beauty and optimism that has been absent on Mew's prior releases. [Fall 2009, p.91]
  6. It bears to be dissected because it is pretty much all over the place, even if what they wanted to achieve could be stored inside a magical pot of gold.
  7. 60
    Fiendishly clever, but not easy to love. [Oct 2009, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. NathanR
    Aug 28, 2009
    10
    I was a little worried the first time I put this album on. Somehow I was expecting a continuation of "Glass Handed Kites." A few listens I was a little worried the first time I put this album on. Somehow I was expecting a continuation of "Glass Handed Kites." A few listens later, I have found that each track is truly magnificent in it's own way; in fact they go above and beyond "Kites." All I can say is this is a fantastic album, well worth the patience of a few listens. Check it out. Expand
  2. AndrewT.
    Sep 27, 2009
    10
    This album seems to be a contradiction, Cheerful and good-natured, cold and brooding, Simple song structures executed in brilliant This album seems to be a contradiction, Cheerful and good-natured, cold and brooding, Simple song structures executed in brilliant complexity, straightforward messages with twisting and winding lyrics, this album is by far one of the most fantastic albums of 2009. I'm glad No More Stories gets to bask in the attention it well deserves Expand
  3. ThomasJ.
    Aug 29, 2009
    10
    Perfect album. Can't see it bettered this side of 2010.
  4. GRange
    Sep 13, 2009
    10
    Quite possibly the most beautiful record to be released in 2009.
  5. JohnL.
    Sep 29, 2009
    10
    Stunning. Album of the year, and the best of Mew's career.
  6. JimB.
    Sep 23, 2009
    9
    One of the best progressive albums I have heard in a long time. Mew challenges the listener but offers up lots of delicious melodies to One of the best progressive albums I have heard in a long time. Mew challenges the listener but offers up lots of delicious melodies to balance out the experimental flourishes. A heart felt classic that I can't stop playing. Expand
  7. JohnK.
    Aug 28, 2009
    2
    Further proof that critics have no clue...there's nothing here that is all that great. It's '90's alt-rock polished to Further proof that critics have no clue...there's nothing here that is all that great. It's '90's alt-rock polished to within an inch of its life. Expand

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