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THE EARTH IS NOT A COLD DEAD PLACE

Explosions In The Sky

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.92 | 186 ratings

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spleenache
2 stars Less then ordinary!

Let me briefly describe my musical inclination so that the reader can place my comments on an appropriate background. Over 70% of all music I enjoy can be categorized as RIO/Avant and Experimental/Post rock genres. As is apparent from the number of stars I gave to this CD, my dislike of this CD is not because I am unfamiliar with this genre or specially dislike the style. Explosions In the Sky simply does not measure up, add anything new, or provide an experimentation in an interesting direction. "The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place" is an uninspired regurgitation of what has been done before.

All compositions on the CD are completely indistinguishable from each other. I fail to see why any one would bother naming such compositions.

The sound palette is very simple and the texture is lacking detail. Hence the resultant music is unable to sustain focused interest of the listener. They follow the path blazed by Godspeed You Black Emperor and Mogwai among others. But their output is a pale, simplistic re-interpretation of the original. To me a good Post Rock composition creates strong imagery and then takes you along a journey on this imaginary landscape. Maybe a musical version of a good science fiction novel.

Listening to this album creates in my mind an image of dead fish thrown on a table. Image is static. It not only is unappealing, it does not move and evolve. Yes from a distance it looks like a fish but it is lifeless and has a funny smell.

Explosions in the sky!!! To me a musical explosion is another term for rapture. Sadly "Earth is a cold dead place" has no explosions in it. I could not recommend this album to anyone.

spleenache | 2/5 |

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