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Boomkat Product Review:
Freshly remastered 20th Anniversary Edition of Múm's first album, with seven bonus tracks.
Thanks to the good folk over at Morr, this excellent 1st album from Mum has been recovered from the litigation ghetto and finally brought back to life for all those (and there are many) who have been hunting for it high and low over the last 10 years. Recorded in a "sweaty little room with carpenters banging nails around us", 'Yesterday Was Dramatic...' is undoubtedly Mum, just more brittle than we're accustomed too. With a sound that is sometimes more electronic then their later clockwork tundra's, Mum open with 'I'm 9 Today', wherein slow-motion electronica works itself into a healthy lather through some creaky bleeps and analogue shenanigans. Similarly, 'Small Memory', with it's brittle beats and propulsive urgency, bares little resemblance to the folky sound of last album 'Summer Made Good', yet somehow manages to retain that special something that makes their work so alluring. More overtly recognisable on the autumnal rustlings of 'Awake On A Train' or the rimy rhythms of 'Sunday Night Just Keeps On Rolling', and, of course, teh absolutely classic "Ballad of Broken Birdie.." 'Yesterday Was Dramatic...' will appeal to those who are and aren't familiar with Mum's previous work, and consummately proves why they are so fondly embraced by many.