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Danish quartet Mew's dense and occasionally difficult And the Glass Handed Kites is old-fashioned only in the sense that it's meant to be eaten in a single sitting. This is not a single-driven record -- though "Special," with its bouncy, moody chorus and octave vocal delivery, sounds like an emission from a time machine parked dead center within the heydays of early-'90s alternative rock -- rather, it's a single organism. Kites takes the wisdom and volatility of the Delgados ("Chinaberry Tree"), the sonic scope of Sigur Rós ("White Lips Kissed"), and the angular guitar attack of early Ride and Dinosaur Jr. ("Circuitry of the Wolf") and melds them all into a ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Danish quartet Mew's dense and occasionally difficult And the Glass Handed Kites is old-fashioned only in the sense that it's meant to be eaten in a single sitting. This is not a single-driven record -- though "Special," with its bouncy, moody chorus and octave vocal delivery, sounds like an emission from a time machine parked dead center within the heydays of early-'90s alternative rock -- rather, it's a single organism. Kites takes the wisdom and volatility of the Delgados ("Chinaberry Tree"), the sonic scope of Sigur Rós ("White Lips Kissed"), and the angular guitar attack of early Ride and Dinosaur Jr. ("Circuitry of the Wolf") and melds them all into a cathartic post-rock epic that's so electrifying and unpredictable that it's almost impossible to take in with one or two listens. Fans of OK Computer-era Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, and Disintegration-era Cure will find And the Glass Handed Kites one of the most breathtaking things to come along since the dawn of the dream pop/post-punk genres themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768259320
  • Catalog Number: 82593

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mew Primary Artist
J Mascis Vocals, Background Vocals
Damon Tuntunjian Guitar
Bo Rande Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jonas Bjerre Group Member
Bo Madsen Group Member
Johan Wohlert Group Member
Mathias Aagaard Christensen Choir, Chorus, Boy's Choir
Niklas Emil De Freis Choir, Chorus, Boy's Choir
Technical Credits
Michael Beinhorn Producer, Engineer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Pete Jackson Management
George Marino Mastering
Alan McGee Management
Felipe Tichauer Engineer
Mew Composer
Jonas Bjerre Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic

    "And the Glass Handed Kites" is true piece of originality and creativity where no track is "filler" material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite albums of all time!

    This album is truly amazing. There is not stopping to switch to another track when I'm listening to this. Once I put this in my CD player or play it on my media player, I cannot stop listening until Louise Louisa is over. It is unlike anything that I have heard before. Some may disagree but that is my opinion. There is something for everyone on this masterpiece. If you enjoy dancing, you'll love Special. If you like songs that have a kick, listen to Circuitry of the Wolf and Apocalypso. If your taste prefers quieter music, Louise Lousia and White Lips Kissed are your best bets. To sum it all up, you need this album. :)

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