Mr Beast

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Mr. Beast
Studio album by Mogwai
Released 6 March 2006
Recorded Castle of Doom Studios, Glasgow, Scotland, April–October 2005
Genre Post-rock
Length 43:07
Label Play It Again Sam, Matador
Producer Tony Doogan, Mogwai
Mogwai chronology
Happy Songs for Happy People
(2003)
Mr. Beast
(2006)
The Hawk Is Howling
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[2]
Mojo 4/5 stars[3]
NME (9/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rock Sound (8/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]

Mr. Beast is the fifth full-length studio album by the Scottish post-rock group Mogwai.

Overview[edit]

The album Mr. Beast was released on March 6, 2006 in the UK and March 7, 2006 in the United States, in double LP vinyl format, a regular CD jewel case edition and limited deluxe edition package that comes with both the album on CD and a DVD documenting the recording process entitled The Recording of Mr. Beast. The album has been described by Creation Records head Alan McGee as

referring to the influential 1991 album by My Bloody Valentine. Drummer Martin Bulloch describes it as

The album's title stemmed from an incident where Barry Burns and Dominic Aitchison landed in Florida to start a tour with The Cure in 2005, when they saw a taxi driver standing outside the airport holding a sign that said "Mr. and Mrs. Beast" which, after a 10-hour flight, was "funnier than life itself".[6]

Artwork[edit]

The cover artwork for Mr. Beast is a painting by Amanda Church entitled "Milkbar",[11] and the accompanying booklet contains other works from her, all of a similar style. In addition, the Mogwai Young Team logo is displayed on the spine of the deluxe edition release, with a silhouette of Jesus on the cross visible within the logo.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch, John Cummings, and Barry Burns. Lyrics on "I Chose Horses" written by Envy vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa.

  1. "Auto Rock" – 4:18
  2. "Glasgow Mega-Snake" – 3:35
  3. "Acid Food" – 3:40
  4. "Travel Is Dangerous" – 4:01
  5. "Team Handed" – 3:58
  6. "Friend of the Night" – 5:30
  7. "Emergency Trap" – 3:31
  8. "Folk Death 95" – 3:34
  9. "I Chose Horses" – 5:13
  10. "We're No Here" – 5:39

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mr Beast at AllMusic
  2. ^ Myers, Ben. "Black Beauty". Kerrang. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Allen, Matt. "Animal Magic". Mojo. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Woodhouse, Alan. "Mogwai - Mr Beast". NME. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mogwai: Mr. Beast | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchforkmedia.com. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  6. ^ a b Segal, Victoria. "Introducing Mogwai". Q. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Marshall, Joe. "Mogwai - Mr Beast". Rock Sound. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone album review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 15, 2009)
  9. ^ "Questions of Doom: Alan McGee". Archived from the original on 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  10. ^ The Recording of Mr. Beast Documentary
  11. ^ Amanda Church Paintings at the Wayback Machine (archived January 9, 2008)