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Play It Again Sam

Released: 28.04.17




Mew’s Frengers ushered in an important shift in my personal listening tastes and on seventh album Visuals, the quiet / loud indie dynamic remains, albeit in more polished form. Nowhere is this more evident than on standout track Candy Pieces All Smeared Out, as the dark marching brass segments tussle with Jonas Bjerre’s distinct melodies, while the lush 80s pop of The Wake Of Your Life and Twist Quest’s uplifting sax solos keep things interesting elsewhere.

Having been designed around the visuals that will accompany the tracks live, Visuals does often feel like something is missing but album closer Carry Me To Safety is suitably soaring. A good return but it’s not going to win over many new fans.

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