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Thursday, January 3, 2013

MONO / For My Parents [2012]

Japan's instrumental act, MONO step further away from their post-rocks roots and closer into neo-classical music on 2012's For My Parents.
While they remain at heart a "rock band", the addition of cellos and violas allow the bittersweet drama of the music to flourish into an astonishingly cinematic vibe reminiscent of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western scores.  Being the first album in many years without Steve Albini producing made me wonder if they'd achieve the same sonic wall of sound they're so good at and I'm happy to report it's firmly in place here.  What is missing is the strength in their dramatic crescendos and clever moments of thoughtfulness.   There's some good attempts of recreating it but it just isn't the same as their previous albums.  

3 constant feelings of love out of 5

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