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Mew + - cover.jpg
Studio album by Mew
Released 21 April 2015 (2015-04-21)
Recorded May 2013–September 2014
Copenhagen, Denmark
Length 58:18
Label Play It Again Sam, Evil Office, A:larm Music, Universal Music, Petroleum Records
Producer Michael Beinhorn, Mew
Mew chronology
No More Stories...
(2009)No More Stories...2009
+ -
(2015)
Visuals
(2017)Visuals2017
Singles from + -
  1. "Satellites"
    Released: 19 January 2015
  2. "Water Slides"
    Released: 16 March 2015

+ - (pronounced Plus Minus) is the sixth studio album by Danish alternative rock band Mew. It was released on 24 April 2015, the album was produced by Michael Beinhorn and was promoted by the singles "Satellites" and "Water Slides". It was Mew's first studio album in five-and-a-half years, following their 2009 record No More Stories....[1] Bassist Johan Wohlert made his return on this album after being absent from the band's previous album during his departure in 2008.[2] + - was also the final album to feature guitarist Bo Madsen, who left the band on 1 July 2015.[3]

Recording and release[edit]

The recording process for + - started in May 2013 in Copenhagen. Mew enlisted the help of American producer Michael Beinhorn, with whom they worked on their fourth studio album, And the Glass Handed Kites (2005), they also invited guitarist Russell Lissack of the British rock band Bloc Party, whom they first met years earlier during a joint US concert tour, to take part in the writing process and play on the album. Lissack was featured on the track "My Complications".[4]

The release date for the album was announced on 19 January 2015 as 27 April 2015, simultaneously releasing "Satellites" as the first single,[5] the album was issued as a CD, a heavyweight gatefold double 12" vinyl and a limited edition deluxe double CD book,[6] as well as digitally, with iTunes Store pre-order starting in January.

On 2 February 2015, "The Night Believer" was premiered on Norwegian radio station NRK P3, the song features guest vocals by New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra.[7][citation needed]

The album's second single "Water Slides" was released on 16 March 2015,[8] on 3 April 2015, Mew premiered the song "Witness".[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[11]
Consequence of Sound B[12]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[13]
NME 7/10[14]
Pitchfork 7.2/10[15]

Upon its release, the album received favourable reviews from music critics, at Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 17 reviews.[10]

Ian Cohen of Pitchfork commented that "+- is liable to be one of the more magnificent-sounding rock records you’ll hear all year."[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one in Denmark, becoming Mew's second number-one album; in the United Kingdom, + - debuted at number 59 on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 1,438 copies. It is the band's highest-charting album since Frengers (2003) charted at number 102.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Satellites" 6:09
2. "Witness" 3:01
3. "The Night Believer" 4:12
4. "Making Friends" 4:52
5. "Clinging to a Bad Dream" 6:43
6. "My Complications" 6:03
7. "Water Slides" 5:04
8. "Interview the Girls" 4:04
9. "Rows" 10:42
10. "Cross the River on Your Own" 7:28
Total length: 58:18

Personnel[edit]

Mew

  • Jonas Bjerre – vocals, keyboards
  • Bo Madsen – guitar, backing vocals
  • Johan Wohlert – bass, backing vocals
  • Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen – drums, percussion

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Charts (2015) Peak
position
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[17] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 59

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Denmark[21] 21 April 2015 LP, CD, digital download Evil Office, A:larm Music, Universal Music
Belgium[22] 24 April 2015 Play It Again Sam
Germany[23][24]
Netherlands[25]
Norway[26] 27 April 2015 Petroleum Records
Poland[27] Play It Again Sam
United Kingdom[28]
United States[7] 28 April 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goble, Corban (19 January 2015). "Mew Return With New Album +-, Share "Satellites"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Nielsen, Silas Bay (14 June 2014). "Johan Wohlert: Sådan kom jeg tilbage i Mew" (in Danish). DR. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Stine Eskildsen, Rune Melchior Sjørvad (1 July 2015). "Før Roskilde-brag: Mew mister guitarist" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Jamieson, Sarah (22 January 2015). "Mew, on their new album: "The songs are each very different from each other, but somehow it works"". DIY. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Coplan, Chris (19 January 2015). "Mew announces new album, premieres first single "Satellites" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mew". Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "+ - by Mew". iTunes (US). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Facebook". facebook.com. 
  9. ^ "Witness". Spotify. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ a b "Reviews for +- by Mew". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Monger, James Christopher (1 May 2015). "+ - - Mew". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Corcoran, Nina (20 April 2015). "Mew – + –". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Monk, Christopher (26 April 2015). "Mew – + –". musicOMH. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Horton, Matthew (17 April 2015). "6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week". NME. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (1 May 2015). "Mew: +- | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Jones, Alan (4 May 2014). "Official Charts Analysis: Blur's The Magic Whip debuts at No.1 with 43,746 sales". Music Week. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Mew – +-". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Mew: +-" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Mew – +-". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Mew | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  21. ^ "+ - by Mew". iTunes (DK). Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "+ - by Mew". iTunes (BE). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Mew – +-" (in German). PIAS Recordings Germany. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  24. ^ ""+ -" von MEW". iTunes (DE). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "+ - by Mew". iTunes (NL). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "+ - by Mew". iTunes (NO). Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "+ - by Mew". iTunes (PL). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "+ - by Mew". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 31 January 2015.