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God Is An Astronaut

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3.34 | 64 ratings | 5 reviews | 19% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Shadows (5:11)
2. Post Mortem (5:52)
3. Echoes (5:10)
4. Snowfall (6:41)
5. First Day Of Sun (3:37)
6. No Return (7:04)
7. Zodiac (5:41)
8. Remaining Light (5:30)
9. Shores Of Orion (5:15)
10. Loss (10:51)

Total Time 61:18

Bonus tracks on 2009 LP release:
11. A Moment Of Stillness (Live)
12. Point Pleasant (Live)

Line-up / Musicians

- Torsten Kinsella / guitar, mandolin, piano, synth, programming, vocals, mixing
- Niels Kinsella / bass
- Lloyd Hanney / drums

- Chris Hanney / guitar (2,3)
- Zachary Dutton Hanney / guitar (10)
- Dara O'Brien / sitar (4,7,9)
- Colm Hassett / percussion (7,9,10)

Releases information

Artwork: Dave King

CD Revive Records ‎- RVECD009 (2008, Ireland)
CD Revive Records ‎- RVECD015 (2011, Ireland) Remastered

2LP Morningrise Records ‎- MR.2009.04 (2009, UK) With 2 bonus Live tracks

Digital album

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GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT God Is An Astronaut ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This album is a bit mixed bag for me. It opens with few very stereotypic post-rock compositions. Well played, they brings nothing new at all, and in fact could be recorded by any of hundred other post-rock bands.

Somewhere in the middle some music became more personalised, with warmer sound ,interesting keyboards and some influences from nu.jazz (Jaga Jazzist,etc). Then music returned back to quite professional, but almost faceless sound, with rare exceptions.

In all, band musicianship's level is really higher than average, and it's good. But the main problem is compositions. In fact, you will hardly find there song, which you can remember or recognize later.And because of that all album sounds at the end of the day as collection of quite professional but characterless post-rock, without signature of personality.

Not a bad album for post-rock maniacs, but will hardly attract less dedicated listener. Something like 3+.

Review by Easy Money
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars On this 2008 release God is an Astronaut stands on the verge of greatness, but they can't seem to shake the limitations of their chosen 'post-rock' genre. Like so many excellent modern progressive rock bands Astronaut needs to make that leap of faith that carries them into a more diverse and inventive musical path devoid of pre-determined formulas such as math-rock, neo-prog, various metal genres or post-rock.

Its certain these guys know how to set up a nice melancholy chord sequence during the verse and then blast that sequence with full majestic power for the chorus. Their melodies and chords are excellent, but the repetition of the loud then soft formula gets a little predictable after a while. Their whole compositional setup reminds me of when I was teaching several teenage guitar students during Nirvana's Teen Spirit ride on the hit charts. I believe the constant repetition of that song on the radio forever etched the soft verse/loud chorus structure into the receptive minds of our youth. A particular group of my students who could barely play the three chords to Wild Thing prepared a major opus for the school music assembly by playing those three chords very softly with mostly bass for four reps and then blasting the same three chords very loudly for four more reps. This went on and on for this particular school performance and the kids in the audience loved it. Thus post-rock was born.

To their credit though, Astronaut's dramatic choruses hearken back to the glory days of progressive rock, a feeling they enhance by occasionally adding some string synth for that massive faux Mellotron effect. Likewise, their melancholy verses carry a lot of emotional impact and occasionally channel Eno's world weary 70s ambient rock. Eno's presence is strongly felt here, but not so much as fellow Irish rockers U2. The likeness is so strong that on some tracks you half way expect Bono to come bellowing over the dramatic changes. Certainly guitarist Torsten Kinsella has picked up a lot from U2's highly original (at one time) Edge.

On the chorus to Shores of Orion you can almost hear something that sounds like a synth or guitar solo. Now there's a great idea, why doesn't someone just rip a solo now and again. It would also help if Astronaut would change up their predictable song structures occasionally as well. There is a very talented band here that is restricting themselves with the rules of their genre, but if you are looking for damn good post-rock, here it is.

Review by Warthur
3 stars God Is an Astronaut's self-title album is fairly straight-down-the-line post-rock. It's pretty good if you listen to a couple of tracks here and there in isolation, but as a 1 hour album it gets rather tedious fairly quickly. By the time you've hit the third song and realised you can't tell it apart from either of the first two, you know you've got a problem, and despite some jazzy influences creeping in here and there it's a problem that persists for the duration of the album. On the whole, it may be a pleasant enough listen to those who haven't heard much post-rock before, but post-rock fans will already have plenty of superior albums and newbies to the genre will soon leave this rather unsatisfying piece behind.

Latest members reviews

2 stars So this is what I figure as post-rock would be if it were played by robots. This is quite bad actually, I find it lacking any emotion (what is post-rock without emotion?), any dynamics, any variety and originality. Well, the musicianship is quite fine actually, but, I would not want a crazy fast- ... (read more)

Report this review (#243567) | Posted by JTP88 | Thursday, October 8, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars God Is An Astronaut are well known for their pounding tracks mixed with electronic themes, which are done amazingly well. This album doesn't stray from this formula. Their previous album, All Is Violent All Is Bright, for me, was a masterpiece. It had everything I wanted in an album, and still h ... (read more)

Report this review (#214160) | Posted by Necromancer | Thursday, May 7, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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