And the Glass Handed Kites

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And the Glass Handed Kites
And the Glass Handed Kites Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released19 September 2005
LabelSony BMG
ProducerMichael Beinhorn
Mew chronology
And the Glass Handed Kites
No More Stories...
Singles from And the Glass Handed Kites
  1. "Apocalypso"
    Released: 18 July 2005
  2. "Special"
    Released: 19 September 2005
  3. "Why Are You Looking Grave?"
    Released: 6 February 2006
  4. "The Zookeeper's Boy"
    Released: 17 April 2006

And the Glass Handed Kites is the fourth studio album by Danish band Mew, released in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2005, and in the United States on 25 July 2006.[4]


And the Glass Handed Kites was composed as a single continuous suite. Critics have likened the album to one long song due to the tracks' unnoticed transitions.[5]

And the Glass Handed Kites' sound has been compared to Sigur Rós, Dinosaur Jr., Ride, and progressive rock.[5][6][7]

And the Glass Handed Kites peaked at number 2 on Denmark's Tracklisten.[8] Four singles were released for the album: "Apocalypso", "Special", "Why Are You Looking Grave?" and "The Zookeeper's Boy". Despite originally not having been released as a single, the track "The Zookeeper's Boy" gained massive popularity with the biggest radio station in Denmark, P3, reaching number 1 on the radio's Tjeklisten charts from 9 October 2005 through 6 November 2005.[9][10] The track was voted "Hit of the Year" by Gaffa readers, with another Mew song ("Special") coming in second.[11] "The Zookeeper's Boy" was later released as a single in 2006.[12]

The Japanese bonus track, "Shiroi Kuchibiruno Izanai" is an alternate version of "White Lips Kissed" with the lyrics and title translated into Japanese.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound9/10[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB[13]
GAFFA4/6 stars[14]
No Ripcord8/10[15]
PopMatters7/10 stars[1]
Punknews.org4/5 stars[17]

And the Glass Handed Kites has been well received by critics. James Christopher Monger of AllMusic gave the album a positive review, writing "Fans of OK Computer-era Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, and Disintegration-era Cure will find And the Glass Handed Kites one of the most breathtaking things to come along since the dawn of the dream pop/post-punk genres themselves."[6] Drowned in Sound's Jordan Dowling also gave And the Glass Handed Kites a positive review, writing "If you are looking for an album that you can put on for a couple minutes to fill time then you'd do better to look elsewhere, but if you want to be transported to an ethereal demi-world stuck between real life and dreams then ensure you purchase this. A masterpiece of overstated proportions, which is the greatest concept of all."[5] Pitchfork reviewer Nitsuh Abebe praised the album's epic feel and called the album "a terrific accomplishment."[7] The same website also criticized the album cover, naming it one of the worst album covers of 2006.[18]

In a more mixed review, Conrad Amenta of wrote "The real shame is that on this album... the songs become secondary to the gesture. They are denied a sense of finality or, in And the Glass Handed Kite's case, are sometimes deprived of an ending altogether." Amenta concluded: "The band does have the musical ability, their songs are reasonably well constructed, and the melodies are there. It’s only the ridiculous costume of importance they wear so self-consciously that’ll keep them from ever joining the party."[19]

The album has won several music prizes in Denmark, including four Danish Music Awards.[20] Gaffa named And the Glass Handed Kites the best Danish album of 2005.[21] The album also helped Mew win awards outside of Denmark, with the band winning the 2005 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Danish Act. Pitchfork Media ranked the song "The Zookeeper's Boy" #92 on its list of the top 100 tracks of 2006.[22]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mew.

1."Circuitry of the Wolf"2:45
2."Chinaberry Tree"3:33
3."Why Are You Looking Grave?" (features vocals by J Mascis)3:50
4."Fox Cub"1:15
7."The Zookeeper's Boy"4:43
8."A Dark Design"3:29
9."Saviours of Jazz Ballet" (contains hidden instrumental "Fear Me, December")3:18
10."An Envoy to the Open Fields" (features vocals by J Mascis)3:40
11."Small Ambulance"1:05
12."The Seething Rain Weeps for You" (contains hidden instrumental "Uda Pruda")4:18
13."White Lips Kissed"6:45
14."Louise Louisa"7:20
Total length:53:59
Japanese edition bonus tracks
15."Forever and Ever"4:20
16."Shiroi Kuchibiruno Izanai" ("White Lips Kissed" with Japanese lyrics)5:34
Total length:63:53


The following people contributed to And the Glass Handed Kites:[23]


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Lasse Mauritzen – french horn on tracks 2, 3, 14
  • J Mascis – additional vocals on track 3, additional background vocals on track 10
  • Bo Rande – flugelhorn (tracks 2, 3), trumpet (tracks 13, 14)
  • Rebecca Stark – soprano vocals on tracks 2, 8
  • Damon Tutunjian – additional guitar on track 5
  • Boys' choir on track 13
    • Mathias Aagaard Christensen
    • Frederik Peter Jakobsen
    • Niklas Emil De Fries
    • Frederik Stadager Larsen
  • Gaël Amzalag – photography
  • Kevin Bacon – mixing
  • Michael Beinhorn – engineer, producer
  • Jonnie Blackburn – A&R
  • Frank Filipetti – engineer
  • Pete Jackson – management
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Alan McGee – management
  • M/M Paris – art direction and design
  • Mads Nørgård – engineer
  • Jonathan Quarmby – mixing
  • Felipe Tichauer – engineer



Chart (2005–06) Peak
Danish Albums Chart[8] 2
Finnish Albums Chart[8] 4
Norwegian Albums Chart[8] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[8] 36


Year Song Peak positions
2005 "Apocalypso" 75
"Special" 46
2006 "Why Are You Looking Grave?" 20 53
"The Zookeeper's Boy" 80
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


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  22. ^ Pitchfork Staff. The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 . Pitchfork Media. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
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