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YANQUI U.X.O.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.95 | 221 ratings

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5 stars Possibly the best post-rock album, and definitely the best output from Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

This album shows the group experimenting with stranger musical ideas and motifs... there is far more dissonance than their previous albums, especially in the last two tracks.

I can also hear a higher degree of classical influence in this album, especially in "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls".

Though GYBE has always been a band that made dark music, this is darkest of all... the oppressive chords that build tension, the march-like rhythms, and the sickening melodies are nauseatingly depressing. This band is good at evoking images, and the images it evokes are bleak - post-apocalyptic skylines, burning oil wells, and mass graves. Just because the music is slow and often acoustic does not mean you can enjoy this album as background music. The sensativity of the textures are not to be missed.

If you had to have one post-rock album, this would be it. This is the one that proves post-rock is more than ambient, relaxing music. It is something that takes an analytical mind and maybe even some courage to listen to. 5 stars, without question... anybody wishing to experience the best post-rock has to offer should acquire this album.

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