Mono, You Are There (2006)

This is the kind of album that isn’t bad on its own terms. Mono plays moody, atmospheric instrumental rock that would have made a good soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings if Peter Jackson were as innovative as everyone says he is and didn’t bow to convention with a full-blown orchestra and choir. Several of the six songs stretch into the ten-minute range, the better to incorporate thrilling sequences of crescendos, climaxes, and decrescendos. The shorter, quieter songs are welcome interludes between the epic-battle, tragic-death compositions that dominate the album. And the art is great—the blue booklet imitates the texture of a cloth-bound memoir, the watercolor portraits inside remind me of Genesis’s We Can’t Dance, and the whole CD comes in a cardboard sleeve like Interpol’s Antics, with a different painting on each side so that you can choose your cover.

No, the issue with Mono is that I already have a Sigur Ros album in my collection, and it’s actually by Sigur Ros.

In other news, I see that Penis Enlargement felt it necessary to weigh in on Pulao’s prelims-vs.-virginity post.  I offer our guest this humble suggestion:  get some better search algorithms.

One Response to Mono, You Are There (2006)

  1. Kris says:

    Well, maybe the next Tolkien director can make use of Mono (or return to the source of Sigur Ros) — apparently, New Line Cinema is looking for a new director to helm “The Hobbit.”,6115,1562702_1|15229||0_0_,00.html

    What’s up with that, New Line? Was it just not working out for ya’? Blockbuster blowouts and 17 Oscar wins just not your style?

    As for Penis Enlargement, that’s awesome! 12apostrophes is all grown up — a real blog with dirty comment spam.

    I’m SO proud.

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