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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven CD (album) cover


Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Post Rock/Math rock

4.13 | 517 ratings

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5 stars The Holy Grail of Post-Rock.

This album is without a doubt Godspeed's finest work. Epic, haunting, beautiful, morose, this album is a dark masterpiece. I normally stray away from song by song reviews, but I have to for this just for the song length, and quite frankly every track on this is worth the price of the album itself.

1. Storm - Perfect. This is my favorite post-rock song, and in serious contention for my favorite song of all time. The violin buildup takes awhile, but it is completely worth it, the drums kick in and this piece just soars, when the drums come in is without a doubt one of my favorite passages in musical history, its just perfect. The crescendoes (pardon my spelling) surge and crash, and the melodies are just stunning. If you listen to one track off of this album, make this the one.

2. Static - Again, Godspeed showcases their amazing buildups. This is not a track I would like to fall asleep to, because for all its brilliance, it is a downright scary track to listen to. I will say that this is the weakest song on the album, but it is still a wonderful track.

3. Sleep - Perfect. My second favorite post-rock song of all time. This track is much more mellow and relaxive, though still very tragic. The monologue intro is an old man reminiscing about his childhood in the now diminished Coney Island. This sad, and very true reminisce of "the playground of the world" starts this piece off on a very sad note, which progresses through the rest of the song. "They don't sleep anymore on the beach"

4. Antennas To Heaven - The first section of this song throws many people off, the out of tune notes, banjo (i think), and disturbing lyrics (if you can't understand them look them up) are very removed from the rest of the material on the album. From there this track gets even more sporadic and cut up, but there is a lovely violin part to be found in here. Though some people don't like this track because of the odd shifts, I love it for them.

In conclusion, this album is a must have, and basically a "Best of" for the entire post- rock genre. Godspeed just gets it perfect here, and while I think Sigur Ros are on their way, GY!BE are the reigning kings of post-rock IMO.

lightbulb_son | 5/5 |


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