Returning with their fifth studio album, Mew have roped in uber-producer Rich Costey to make sure ‘No More Stories’, their first in four years, is worth the wait. And the mastermind behind ‘The Black Parade’ and Muse’s ‘Black Holes And Revelations’ certainly helps the Danes. From the outset with the dreamy, backward sounding ‘New Terrain’, Mew present an album full of upbeat, wistful tracks hopping between lazy summer tunes and hand-clapping dance songs. Much softer than previous records, Jonas Bjerre’s voice is a less manic version of The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Lead off single ‘Introducing Palace Players’ has been exciting fans for months now, but it’s likely to be ‘Vaccine’ that will get the beautiful people dancing on their upcoming American mini-tour. Nothing ground breaking here, but good for a sunny afternoon.

By Phil Burt

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