Boomkat Product Review:
If the opener was to be any indicator, Icelandic troubadour Mugison would seem to have undergone something of a creative makeover for this latest opus, kicking off with a title track evocative of a garage rocking Marc Bolan. Fear not though, his acoustic guitar-toting ways are back in force with 'The Pathetic Anthem', a folk-blues number that immediately scuppers the album's momentum. The drastic switching of tone is something that seems to be a theme on this record. For every example of Mugison's wonderful, slow country balladeering (e.g. the exquisite 'George Harrison'), you'll be confronted with the daft heavy metal dirge of 'Two Thumb Sucking Son Of A Boyo'. It's worth your while putting up with such eccentricities however, because there always seems to be another beautiful piece of songwriting waiting around the corner: from the epic, orchestrally augmented 'The Great Unrest' to the acoustic guitar and strings of 'Deep Breathing', Mugison is a writer who excels at the slow jams, but gets desperately carried away with himself on the uptempo rockers, seldom able to get through a whole one without descending into silly growled vocals and directionless fuzz. Still, it's worth putting up with such flights of fancy given the standards set by the more focussed compositions on the album.