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MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE

Tortoise

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.72 | 67 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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5 stars I can't believe how this site underrates the great masterpieces of rock that happen to have some prog elements too. This is one of them, along with many others (Before And After Science, Unhalfbricking, The Downward Spiral, The Hangman's beautiful Daughter, just to mention a few. ) To whoever doesn't know this band, please don't look at the total rating here on PA, creating for sure a sort of prejudice. This album is essential, one of the best albums of the 90's, and not only of prog albums.So please, consider this album and listen to it, and, if you keep an open mind, you'll love it for sure.

The album starts with the absolutely brilliant "Djed", one of the best post rock songs ever. After the lazy and minimalist intro, played with the bass guitar and accompanied by what seems to be some shooting or tossing sounds, The real song begins, a sort of perfect mixture between jazz, electronic, post rock, with a little bit of trip hop. Definitely the albums highlight, since it also stretches to twenty epic minutes.

"Glass Museum" is a fantastic song, with many indie rock influences, since it's very melodic and very melancholic,as well as post rock and jazz influences (beautiful the use of the vibraphone). Excellent riff, it's one of those songs that are perfect to follow a huge and epic suite such as "Djed"

" A Survey" is played exclusively with the bass guitar. It's a very interesting and original song, as well as minimalistic, and kind of creepy, since the bass isn't a particularly "loud" instrument, and the tones are dark and mysterious.Particularly underrated.

"The Taut And The Tame" is another fantastic song, much more enlivened than the other pieces The song has a very basic riff, played with bass, vibraphone and guitar, but the arrangements that surround and change the riff are sublime and very fascinating,

"Dear Grandma And Grandpa" is yet another great song, with a melancholic intro, while the rest of the song is very creepy, thanks to all the effects that the band uses. With "The Taut And The Tame", it's the most experimental and original song of the album.

"Along The River Banks" is one of the best closers ever. The guitar riff, which is just a few notes (not even chords), is very melancholic and solitaire sounding, all followed by some jazzy drums. Very is practically no vibraphone, which makes even more melancholic.

A terrific album, a masterpiece that can hardly be stumped, a huge event in the history of music, being one of the most important post rock albums ever, even though PA members seem to see this otherwise. Oh, and it's one of my favorite albums of all time.

EatThatPhonebook | 5/5 |

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