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God Is An Astronaut


Post Rock/Math rock

3.85 | 141 ratings

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4 stars Forever lost...

How can one song be so simple, but at the same time be so emotive, beautiful, dark, happy, amazing, and incredible at the same time? If you want to check out this album, get it for just this song, this is the suppers ready for electronic post rock, IT'S THAT GOOD!

Anyways, on to my unbiased review, I really want to give this album three stars, but I'm having too much trouble doing that. Though some of the songs are kind of samey, and towards the end there is a bit of monotony, really this is a friggin' solid album. Filled with memorable melodies, riffs, beats, and everything else post rawk is supposed to be about, though I wont go far enough o say it's a masterpiece.

The based AROUND the guitar, not based on the guitar! The guitar will usually start a nice arpeggio, or chord progression, than the keyboards, and eerie My Bloody valentine-ish vocals will come in, followed by acoustic drums making a very solid electronic beat. These, unlike most post rock, go on through a more... erm... standardized song structure, where the songs will go Loud, soft, Loud, BRIDGE, Loud, Soft. I know scary, but I guess that's why they are among one of the most commercially successful post bands out there (next to Explosions in the sky, and Sigur ros) even with a hit from the album, the opener Fragile, which ironically does follow a more standard post rock song structure, with the huge ending climax.

This album is a great album for the people who have trouble with the more inaccessible greats such as Godspeed You! Black emperor, or some of the weirder experimental stuff like Tortoise. This is very easy listening catchy post rock, plain and simple, and a great starter for anyone into the genre. The music is slow and emotional, but isn't long, and drawn out, or overly experimental. At the same time though, I can understand why some super post rock fanboys wouldn't like theses guys for that, or why some hard core proggers would bash the group for these trends. Well, I guess you can put me in both of these factions, and I love the music, therefore I recommend anyone who's not afraid of simplicity, electronic, or instrumental music a go at this amazing collection of music. Four stars for God is an Astronauts All is violent, all is bright.

Dim | 4/5 |


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