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Mew - Visuals album review

Album Review

A brave Mew world

For some groups, when a key member leaves, it’s a delayed death sentence. They become defined by their missing piece. When, earlier this year, prog pop Danes Mew announced their first record since the departure of guitarist and founder member Bo Madsen in 2015, fears ran high among the fan community that the band might become yet another collective wandering the earth with a hole in its heart. This was underlined by the bizarre choice of album closer Carry Me To Safety as first single. A string- and synth-led anthem, it felt oddly by numbers for the oft-complex Danes. What’s more, an Edge-like, delay-laden guitar outro was so obscured in the mix, it seemed they were embarrassed by its presence and overall the track appeared to noticeably lack Madsen’s scything six-string. Mistake or misdirection? We’re not sure. What we can say with certainty is that Visuals has far more to offer than this somewhat pallid taster would lead you to believe.

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