Mogwai - Mogwai Young Team (5 stars)

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Mogwai Young Team

(Chemikal Underground)

ROCK

This louder, longer edition of Mogwai’s debut is a powerful reminder of what music can do for the soul: on release in ‘97 it was a real shock. Their mostly instrumental, blistering sound re-energised Scottish music and was a landmark release for Chemikal Underground too, helping finance later key records by The Delgados and Arab Strap.

Ten years later the album still stands up, especially the dirty romance of ‘RU Still In 2 It’, or the angry lurch of ‘Like Herod’. And from the live version here it’s obvious why ‘Mogwai Fear Satan’ is still a signature a decade on.

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