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Explosions In The Sky


Post Rock/Math rock

3.87 | 241 ratings

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5 stars 'The only moment we ever shared alone'

This album proved to me that it isn't WHAT you play..but instead HOW you play it. On each song on this album, the music found within it, is very simple; it's almost laughably simplistic. A few cords here, a few notes there, all strung together with a very simple mood setting. Each song has a very basic beat pattern, and a very simple undertone. Even the basic cords that are played, are played over and over again throughout the song. The build up that are used never really resolve, instead dissolve.

So how on earth (which is not a cold, dead place) is this album a masterpiece?

As I said, it's not what you play..but how you play it. This is the key to the masterpiece of the album.

The album really explores the sounds the artists are making. It allows for some thought of the music. It's the simplicity that makes this album so beautiful. It takes a bit to get use to the system; I myself found it difficult to understand how the band could create such powerful build ups, just to leave it to nothing. Then it hit me: it was the buildups that created the beautiful music in this album. It was a journey, not a destination. It was the walk through the woods, the drive down a long and winding road, the floating through space; not the final out come. That is what makes this album so different and so enjoyable. It presents so many different moods, and so many flavours of those moods, it's hard to comprehend at first. You really need to sit down, dim the lights, put a randomizing visual stimulus, and drift. This album will take you places you've never been before.

This factor alone is not enough to be awarded the masterpiece metal in my books. You must aspire to more then just astounding music. Yes, the music on this album is unlike any I've ever heard before. Check. Yes, this album stretches the limits of music. Check. Yes, the music is actually enjoyable. Check. Each song fits perfectly within the album and flows well into the next creating a seamless transition. What else do you need? I keep coming back to this album. Even after having this album for a number of years, I keep coming back to it. Each song is phenomenal; there is no weak song and no low point on the album. If I can sit back, hit play, and not have to get up to skip a track, you've just made it to at least a 3.5 in my books. If you've covered that base, it's hard to get anything less then four stars. Add in the fact that this album truly is unlike anything I've ever heard neither before nor since first pushing play..well then my've found yourself a masterpiece.

If this was my only Post-Rock/Math Rock album I owned, I would be a happy man. No doubt, 5 stars for a complete masterpiece.

'The Earth is not a Cold Dead place'.so go out and enjoy it.

mothershabooboo | 5/5 |


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