There are folks who insist that Mogwai's breakthrough 1999 album Come on Die Young is the pinnacle of their recording career. They'll tell you how the Scottish post-rock band took Slint's beautiful and beastly extremes to new levels, and about how explosively loud they were live back in the day. But there were critics who initially panned the album, viewing it as a letdown after their promising Young Team debut. The thing is, Mogwai continue to expand their sound on every record, borrowing ideas from various corners of the rock spectrum, delivering everything from piano ballads to vocoder-enhanced pop songs to Kraut rock exercises. Their consistent creative adventurism and high-quality output ultimately make whichever album served as your introduction, the most likely to be cemented into place as your favorite. BRIAN COOK
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