Mogwai - Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait [soundtrack] (Cover Artwork)


Mogwai: Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait [soundtrack]Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait [soundtrack] (2006)
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People gush about Mogwai, a lot. And rightfully should they. The boys of Glasgow are some of the poster children of post-rock. Mogwai is the band to be compared to, and the band compared to everything. With good reason though, as the band has been able to channel every emotion possible through music.
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People gush about Mogwai, a lot. And rightfully should they. The boys of Glasgow are some of the poster children of post-rock. Mogwai is the band to be compared to, and the band compared to everything. With good reason though, as the band has been able to channel every emotion possible through music quite successfully throughout each album.

This latest album is a soundtrack to "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait," an interesting film using 17 cameras to focus on the French football star's every move through the course of one match. Supposedly, Mogwai was approached by the film's director and the band agreed to do the score without seeing the entire film. Also supposedly, the band was told to make each song convey a different emotion.

Regardless of whether either of those assumptions is true is beyond the point. This soundtrack is hardly breathtaking in its originality with many of the songs relying on the ambient improvisational style that peppered Come on Die Young. For people that were just starting to get into the more structured Mr. Beast, do not be discouraged, because to give up now would just be too much.

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a beautiful landscape of sound where Mogwai has retreated back to where it came from. The opening track "Black Spider" shambles forward in an innocent manner, devoid of any anger or hatred, but still packs the intensity and emotion through timely placed acoustic twangs, soft crescendos and rousing decrescendos.

Songs like "Wake Up and Go Berserk" and "Half Time" showcase the spacey cosmic sound Mogwai is so well-known for. Non-sensical acoustic guitars are barely audible over a constant, yet gentle distortion, so quiet that you can even hear the fingers move up and down the neck of the guitar. Each song carries a different move, however subtle that difference may be. Overall, the soundtrack is very mellow, showcasing the forced calm in one of the loudest arenas possible.

The album closes out with the incredibly long "Black Spider 2," which doesn't even beign until after three minutes of near silence. It picks up, but not too much before dying off again for a few more minutes, and five minutes before the thirty-minute opus is finished, the thrill of the game and the noise of the stadium becoming well-apparent through a constant chugging, guitar shredding, amp destroying, noise.

This is the Mogwai album people from the beginning would know and love. It pushes the post-rock sound to dark and deep corners, but it does so thoughtfully and with grace. There is not a single word to be uttered on Zidane: A 21st Century, and for those that have seen the movie, it is all too fitting of a soundtrack. It's an impressive feat in this day and age where soundtracks are generally filled with whatever record label offers whatever song. The art of soundtracks seemed to be lost, but Mogwai still knows how it's done, and for those that are willing to hit play and relax, you'll be well-rewarded for your efforts.


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SilentStorms (March 14, 2007)

"fuck volcom / epitaph / soundclash / left alone. they are all involved on a daily basis of rape to young boys and girls. soundclash needs to fucking die as well as left alone."

Umhmm, can you give me one shred of evidence? Or will you always post under anonymous? Fuck off loser.

nocigar (March 12, 2007)

play my town fuckers and we will see how you hold up from a bullet in your motherfucking face.

Somehow, I highly doubt that.

Anonymous (March 12, 2007)

fuck volcom / epitaph / soundclash / left alone. they are all involved on a daily basis of rape to young boys and girls. soundclash needs to fucking die as well as left alone. play my town fuckers and we will see how you hold up from a bullet in your motherfucking face.

Anonymous (March 11, 2007)

its not rape, its "surprise sex"

tenwestchaser (March 11, 2007)

no no no....what the question is, will it get me pumped up enough to upper cut a punk ass.

and this band truly has the greatest name ever.

maverick (March 10, 2007)

The real question is, will this CD get me pumped up emough to headbutt a motherfucker in the chest?


Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

Wait wait wait -

If she drank something that was drugged, and remembers the guy who gave it to her, why wasn't she 1. Tested for date rape drug, 2. Arrested that guy??

Am I missing something?

moneenerd (March 9, 2007)

Zidane is a fuckin cocksucker.

kill_whitey (March 9, 2007)

In response to the Elvis/Left Alone...i hadn't heard about this before...so i did a little research...i came across this interview with the girl...the whole thing is really fucked up...it seems that all you would need to do to clear your name is to give a DNA sample...you should have done this back when there was an investigation if you were really innocent

I was somewhat disturbed when I read the mention of a rape swept under the table. Can you elaborate on that?

Yes. We had a day off before the Calgary show. Everyone from the tour was hanging out and drinking. I was drinking a little bit, but I can never drink a lot because it dries out my vocal chords. So I have a rule that when Iā??m out I will never drink more than two drinks. Thatā??s just my way of keeping tabs on myself so I never blow it and end up not being able to sing the next day. Any vocalist will tell you they do that.

I was sitting on the steps playing guitar and around 11:00pm I went inside to go to the bathroom. When I was going back Hector from Epitaph waved me in to the bar and offered me a drink. I took it but I remember drinking it very slowly because that would be my last drink. I was also leaving it at the table and running around to talk to a million people, like an asshole. I was sitting at a table with a bunch of people from the tour who I was just meeting for the first time.

All of a sudden, I started to get sick and dizzy, and feeling like I couldnā??t stand. I remember being worried about how I was going to get out of there and get back to Kristina. I donā??t remember anything else. I woke up the next morning with pain and blood in my vagina. The tour had left, so I called a cab and when I got there, I told Kristina and we went to the hospital. I got a rape kit done, they found semen, hairs and 4 inch lacerations in my vagina. They were concerned and I was too, because a predator on the Warped Tour could hurt so many people.

They called in sex crime detectives, who were wonderful. I spent the next week trying to find out what happened subtly. I found out that sometime around 12 or 12:30am I was seen in the room belonging to Bedoin Soundclash, whom I was friendly with and thought they were good kids. In the room with me were most of a band called Left Alone. I was told by the people who saw me, Patrick from Bedouin Soundclash and Elvis from Left Alone, that I wasnā??t drinking, seemed out of it and was complaining of my stomach hurting. I also found out that the room I had slept in was Elias and Sobeā??s, who worked for Volcom. I never found out how I got from the bar upstairs and who had brought me there.

A week later my detectives called the production office looking to get statements from the people I found out had seen me. When that happened, Kevin Lyman, got involved and promised me that it was the most important thing and he didnā??t tolerate rape and he would going to find this person. I told him everything I knew about the night.

Then he talked to Elvis from Left Alone, who apparently told him that I was wasted, and trying to have an orgy with his band when he saw me, and that I was sitting on his bed wear a short skirt being provocative. Elvis told everyone on the tour that I wanted it, in addition he refused to serve any of my friends at the nightly barbeque. The one time I tried to confront him about his lies, he cursed at me, spit at me, and told me if I didnā??t shut my mouth, I would regret it.

After he did that I left because I was really truly scared of what they would do to me. I never felt safe. I never felt like is something else happened to me, beyond being raped, that anyone would step up and stop it. I lived in constant anxiety, nightmares, agoraphobia, and panic, which is normal for someone who has suffered rape, but was extremely exacerbated by the total lack of support from everyone except Dana and Kristina.

When I tried to go to the people I had thought were my friends for help, (Patrick and Eon from Bedouin Soundclash, Kurt and Hector from Epitaph, and anyone from Elvisā?? band) they ignored me. Sobe who had been with Kristina the night I got raped, told us that his boss told all of them not to speak to any of us or answer any of our questions. He was scared to be seen with us.

Kevin Lyman also never talked to me once after our initial meeting. Because of that I assumed that the gag order had come down from him. But later he told me that it hadnā??t. At the very end of tour, when I finally approached him, he told me that he had known the whole summer I was terrified and that I thought that he ordered everyone to not talk to me, but he waited until I asked him flat out to tell me that it wasnā??t him. Even though he had known. After our initial meeting he never once contacted me or supported me in any way. At the end of the summer, he told me he didnā??t do anything because there was nothing he could do. It was just a matter for the police. Never mind that it was a traveling tour and the crime happened in Canada.

To get the production office to cooperate with my detectives was like pulling teeth. When I left the tour after Elvis threatened me, one of Kevinā??s assistants called me and told me that I owed it to Kevin to come back and not make a big deal about it because Kevin had paid me in room and board all summer. I eventually did go back because if I left and had taken the man power of my band with me, the Shira stage would not have made it through the summer.

Twice during the rest of the tour I arranged for police to come take blood samples from people on the tour. They took samples from every person whose name was in the report. But unfortunately since someone had told all of them not to talk about what they had seen, or who they had seen me with, we were unable to get blood samples from anyone that was actually considered a suspect. That was completely heartbreaking to me.

At the end of the summer, when Kevin heard me talking to a girl who worked in catering about what had happened, he came over and told me that I should know he really cares because in 4 years his daughter will be 14, and he is a feminist, that I should admit that he did everything he could to help me, and that if I am still feeling bad about it I should go see a psychiatrist when I get home.

If I were to truly explain to you how that made me feel, you would be left bleeding heavily in a bath of salt. That pain is something MY father has felt, my mother has felt when she still wakes me up from my nightmares weekly. It is a burden that will never ever be lifted from my beloved boyfriend, and my best friends in my band who have born the fallout.

I blame Kevin Lyman because unlike the person who drugged and raped me, he knows the difference between right and wrong, And unlike that person, Kevin was in a position of power. I definantly blame the rapist for his crime, but more than him I blame Kevin and Volcom and Epitaph, and everyone else who put money, and business over human decency. I blame everyone in a position of power who looked the other way and let the criminal get away with it.

Kevin Lyman claiming his concern for me on the life of his daughter has burned me since the words came out of his mouth. And if anyone asks me why I waged war on the entire United States of America over this issue, I will tell you right now. It is for her. Because her father was too weak.

LMChc (March 9, 2007)

this theme was done for a film involving george best before

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

This is a great movie, and Mogwai's music only adds to it.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

it's kind of their throwaway material. like come on die young in the sense that it's very good mood music but not as good when actively listened to, though i think it lacks a lot of the memorable parts that CODY had. still, it's mogwai, so it's very well done and for what it is, i like it.

nocigar (March 9, 2007)

who the FUCK cares, Mogwai rules.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

I know that everyone thinks that I'm the guy responsible for raping Calentura's singer at Warped last year, but someone in the comments section of the review of our latest split said that, actually, the rapist was "Sobe" of Volcom Entertainment, and that he's been tried and "locked up." Can anyone confirm the validity of this statement? Anyone?

Review in question: http://www.punknews.org/review/5712


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