No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry They Washed Away // No More Stories, The World Is Grey, I'm Tired, Let's Wash Away is the fifth studio album by the Danish band Mew. It was released in Scandinavia on 17 August, the United Kingdom on 24 August, the United States on 25 August, and Japan on 26 August 2009.
No More Stories... is produced by Rich Costey who also produced their breakthrough album Frengers, and is the band's first album as an official three-piece after bass player Johan Wohlert left to spend time with his family.
According to lead vocalist Jonas Bjerre, this album is happier, "dancier", and more upbeat than its predecessor, And the Glass Handed Kites, which had a dark theme of fear.
Bjerre explained the unusually long title of the album to Gaffa: "We originally wanted a short title for the album but we couldn't find sufficiently redemptive words. The final title is the lyrics to the short intermezzo 'Hawaii Dream', and when Bo [Madsen] suggested that we used the complete text as a title it didn't take him long to convince Silas [Utke Graae Jørgensen] and myself. It was like finding the missing piece in a puzzle".
The opening track, "New Terrain", if played backwards reveals another song entitled "Nervous" which is added as a bonus track to the vinyl edition of the album. The lyrics were posted as a poem on their Danish record company Evil Office's website .
The band released information on a few tracks in interviews. According to SPIN.com, “Cartoons and Macramé Wounds” will be a “challenging five-minute opus” that supposedly reverses the traditional Mew formula of a quiet buildup into an epic by starting out gigantically before fizzling away into something more minimal, and “Beach” is supposed to be the band’s most straightforward song ever. According to the band, they have made a more upbeat album this time and it will not be one extended suite like the predecessor, And the Glass Handed Kites.
"Introducing Palace Players", the first single off No More Stories... was first released on their MySpace page on 28 May 2009. It features Swirlies vocalist/guitarist Damon Tutunjian on bass guitar. Other than its inclusion as the lead-off track on the No More Stories EP, it has not been released as a physical single.
The second single from the album, entitled "Repeaterbeater", was posted as Free Mp3 Of The Day by Spinner.com on 25 June 2009.
"Beach" was remixed by Trentemøller and released on iTunes as the third single in April 2010.
Each single was accompanied by a music video directed by Martin de Thurah.
No More Stories... was met with universal acclaim upon release. The album was extremely well received in the band's native Denmark upon release, getting top scores in reviews from most music magazines, including Gaffa and Soundvenue. Website Metacritic calculated an average score of 79 out of 100 from 17 professional reviews. The A.V. Club gave it an A (the highest note), praising that "Mew really does inhabit a place where few contemporaries can be found." The independent review site Pitchfork Media gave the album an 8.1/10, citing that "Mew has succeeded in developing a good sound from some of the least hip ingredients imaginable", while comparing the album to progressive rock bands of the late 1970s. British music weekly NME gave the album 8/10, going on to say that, "Always inventive, often beautiful and occasionally totally sublime, Mew have always stood out from the pack." Slant Magazine gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, stating that "Mew is not as thoughtful or smart as they think they are, but the force of their conviction is inspiring."
All songs written and composed by Mew.
||"Introducing Palace Players"
||"Silas The Magic Car"
||"Cartoons and Macramé Wounds"
||"Tricks of the Trade"
||"Sometimes Life Isn't Easy"
- Jonas Bjerre - synthesizers on all tracks except “Hawaii Dream”, piano on tracks 1, 2, 4-10, 12 & 13, and harmonium on “Silas the Magic Car”
- Bo Madsen - electric guitars on all tracks except “Intermezzo 1”, acoustic guitars on tracks 2, 6 & 12, mandolins on "Cartoons and Macramé Wounds", ukulele on "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy", banjo on “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy”
- Silas Jørgensen - drums on all tracks except tracks 5 & 11, percussion on tracks 1-3, 7-9, 12 & 13, and drum programming on “Tricks of the Trade”
- Bastian Juel – Bass on tracks 3, 4, 6-10, 12-14
- Damon Tutunjian – Bass on “Introducing Palace Players”
- Dr. Nick Watts - Additional Keyboards on tracks 2, 3, 7 & 14
- Marthisa Friis-Hansen - Additional Percussion on “New Terrain”, Kalimba on tracks 9 & 10, and Marimba on “Vaccine”
- Sellasi Dewornu - Additional African Percussion on “Hawaii”
- Nico Muhly - String, piano and piccolo/flute arrangements on “Tricks of the Trade”
- Steve Coleman – Alto Saxophone on “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy”
- Mari Helgerlikova - Additional Vocals on “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy”
- Choir on tracks 2 & 7
* Anne Berggren
* Anni Mogensen
* Nanna Larsch
* Lianna Quarshie
* Mia-Marie Olesen
* Maria Bruun
* Fannie Klint
* Solveig Honore
* Mathilde Lerentzen
* Emily Piercy
* Roselil Hansen
* Fritjof Nørretranders
* Sally Risell
* Vera Kwederis
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