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GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR! is an experimental nine-piece from Montreal, Canada that specializes in semi-avant-garde instrumental music of haunting beauty. They've released five discs of music, with a grand total of eleven pieces of music, so you know they can write some extended ideas. Formed in 1995, GYBE! consists of Roger Tellier-Craig (guitar), Norsola Johnson (cello), Efrim Menuck (guitar), Mauro Pezzente (bass), David Bryant (guitar), Thierry Amar (bass), Sophie Trudeau (violin), Aidan Girt (percussion), and Bruce Cawdron (percussion). GYBE!'s music should probably be described as long, dark, moody, and brilliant. Their sound was once compared to TANGERINE DREAM, except that GYBE! uses no keyboards. They paint a similar sonic texture to TANGERINE DREAM, but they do it using cello, violin, upright bass, and three guitars, rather than synths. In fact, GYBE! is very organic, often bringing in spoken word samples, as well as glockenspiel.

GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR!'s best album is arguably the double-disc "Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven". It consists of four 20 minutes pieces. "Yanqui U.X.O." is also an excellent album, having two 20 minute tracks and a 30 minute track. GYBE!'s other albums are "f#a#infinity" and "Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada."

GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR! is highly recommended for prog fans as Kraut Rock, epic-length experimental, or anyone looking for something a little different to sink their ears into.

BrainRock Ben, USA



See also:
- A Silver Mt. Zion
- Fly Pan Am
- Set Fire To Flames
- Valley Of The Giants
- Exhaust
- HṚṢṬA

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4.07 | 363 ratings
F# A# ∞
1997
4.13 | 485 ratings
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
2000
3.97 | 279 ratings
Yanqui U.X.O.
2002
3.65 | 134 ratings
Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
2012
3.63 | 79 ratings
Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
2015

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3.40 | 5 ratings
All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling
1994
3.20 | 5 ratings
Split (ft. Amazezine)
1998
4.41 | 174 ratings
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada E.P.
1999
3.33 | 3 ratings
Tiny Silver Hammers
2004

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 Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.63 | 79 ratings

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Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Walkscore

4 stars This album is better than their predecessor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend'. It remains rooted in the harder style noted on 'Mladic' (the best composition from that album), but on this one the entire album flows together much better. Indeed, although the album is broken into four tracks, they are all part of one long composition (the formerly-named 'Behemoth', mentioned by the other reviewers). I have seen this composition performed live, and it works very well in that setting. I think it works slightly less well on the album, mainly because it starts so starkly with the two drummers hammering a loud 6/8 beat for a few bars, followed by the entrance of electric guitar power chords. That is, the album doesn't start quietly like their other albums, building to a crescendo. On this one, they begin at (or close to) the crescendo. I find the first two (of the four) tracks less musical than the last two, but those last two (the second half of the long piece) are definitely worth waiting for. The third track involves improvised droning, and a particular delight is the fuzz bass (providing evocations of Soft Machine - one of my very favourite bands - and the Cantebury scene in general - indeed, parts of the third track sound like they almost could have come out of SM live recordings from their 'Fourth' and 'Fifth' periods). On this album and the predecessor, GYBE do not feature nearly as many beautiful quiet passages as their pre-break albums, nor the many sound effects, radio/tv snippets, street noises, talking, etc that added political and emotional weight to their (otherwise instrumental) music. When they play live, they are always accompanied by visuals, which add this weight in that live setting. I am not sure this particular album needs them, but the previous one ('Allejuh...') surely could have used them. Overall, I give this album 8.0 out of 10 (on my 10-point scale) and so PA 4 stars.
 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.13 | 485 ratings

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Walkscore

5 stars This, for me, is GYBE's masterpiece, and one of my favourite albums. The band is quite unique in incorporating a very critical punk ethos into otherwise very beautiful, slow building instrumental music. The band, and this album, is as other reviewers here note, non-conformist and, I would add, totally uncompromising (indeed, one of the reasons I love this band so much is that they very clearly never compromise their music, you either like or not. And they keep pushing the boundaries of music. They are, for me, a band of the highest musical integrity). And unlike most instrumental music, this album conveys a powerful political and emotional message. As noted by others, this is music somehow predicting, and written for, a post-apocalyptic world. And it unusual in being instrumental music that makes you think. I think it sets a certain archetypical standard against which any other post-rock (and other so-called post-apocalyptic music) might be compared.

I am writing this review more than ten years after picking up this album and listening to it a gazillion times, and unlike other albums which eventually lose their shine after multiple listens, this one keeps growing on me, drawing me in. It all fits together very well, and even when one has to listen through white noise or other harsh sounds, those work well in pulling you through the transitions between pieces. While there is no normal singing, there are occasional other recorded vocal noises (including interviews with people recorded on busy city streets, recordings of school children, etc), and other low-fi sound bites (there is one recording of a band member singing 'baby-o' but that is one of these low-fi snippets). These help glue the music together and bolster its critical ethos. But it is really the music that stands out. The title track ("Lift yer Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven") is one of the band's most beautiful and majestic pieces of music, and one that also works very well live. Gathering Storm is actually their version of Amazing Grace, but with a twist, lending some reflexive emotional weight to the whole album. World Police and Friendly Fire is perhaps a definitive GYBE composition, and also works very well live.

On the whole, the album stands the test of time. It is highly original, powerful, and musically maintains its emotional weight even after multiple years of listening. I would highly recommend giving this album multiple listens before coming to any conclusions. The first times I listened to it, I had a hard time cognitively mapping it, but over time its structure and heft became evident. This is, in my opinion, in a select list of the top 50 albums every made. This one is worth it.

 Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.65 | 134 ratings

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! represents GYBE's return to the fold. Fans of GYBE had waited a long time for this album. Efrim, Sophie, Thierry had put their energies into the Silver Mt Zion collective, and many thought there might not be any new GYBE albums forthcoming. However, as with much great non-mainstream music, it took a while for people to hear the original albums, and by the late naughties (2000s) the band's reputation had solidified, not only among music lovers but journalists and various social movements. Many were clamoring for the opportunity to see the band, so meeting the demand, GYBE began touring again, mostly with the same core musicians (Efrim Menuck, David Bryant, Michael Moya, Thierry Amar, Mauro Pezzente, Sophie Trudeau), but a few others to replace other former members. The tours did very well (and are excellent - highly recommended in my opinion!), creating demand for a new album. Indeed, this album won the 2013 Polaris Music Prize for best album, which is a Canadian indie music award decided collectively by the music press, an alternative to Canada's mainstream Juno awards. It is highly respected among Canadian musicians, and if one is wanting to hear something new and different, one will never be amiss going for one of the Polaris albums of the year. Even more fascinating is GYBE's response to winning the award. Instead of just happily accepting, they sent a very critical message, criticizing the awards gala and the whole concept of music awards, and announced they were donating the cash awarded them to a Quebec organization that provides musical instruments for jailed prisoners. This only solidified GYBE's radical reputation and cult following, and it does not appear to have been a publicity stunt. GYBE are the real deal, with something important to say, and deserve to be listened to.

Saying this, I actually think this is their weakest of their albums. The first tune (the 20-minute-long "Mladic") is excellent, and a highlight of their post-GFC tours. The album is worth purchasing just for this piece of music. However, the other three compositions are not up to the usual GYBE standards. There is another long song ("We Drift Like Worried Fire", also 20 minutes), but although it contains some great musical moments (particularly in the middle through the end), it does not hold together well as a single composition, and parts of it are not so musical and can drag. In between these longer compositions are two shorter "drones", and while are not off-putting they don't add much musicality to the album. I would have preferred if they could have been incorporated into the other long pieces, or otherwise further developed in some way - as it is, they are just 'there'. Saying this, one thing I like about GYBE is that they continue to push the boundaries of music, and to use the slow build-up as a compositional tool. I guess this includes having no qualms about releasing 12 minutes of, essentially, the same note! That they could do this and still win the Polaris Prize is really fascinating, and to my mind speaks well of the open-mindedness of today's music press. Nonetheless, when scored on musicality, this album is much less impressive than their other albums. For me it just fails to make it to four stars, and so get's a PA score of 3. (I give it 7.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is below my threshold (7.9) required for a four-star rating).

 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.13 | 485 ratings

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Larkstongue41

5 stars I've been wanting to make this album my first official PA's review for quite some time now and today is the day. I'm gonna start this off by pointing out that this will be a very biased evaluation. I consider that being able to judge things from a neutral perspective is one of my talents but I simply cannot do it and will not even try with Godspeed. To this day, this is my all-time favourite album. After hearing the opening movement for the first time, I was hooked on Godspeed for life. It's a relatively straightforward album. No fancy underlying complexity that requires several listenings to enjoy; just pure raw emotion. If the first 6 minutes don't make you feel like lifting your skinny lifts like antennas to heaven, you'll know Godspeed is just not for you.

The album is divided in four 20-ish minute songs. "Storm" is the greatest intro to an album I've ever heard by far. It's just pure brilliance. It opens up with a lovely violin riff soon joined by electric guitar and a subtle yet magnificent French horn which adds a sublime dimension to the intro. The violin starts off slow and smooth before gradually increasing in intensity to a point that is almost unbearable as you can tell it's about to explode. Around the 3 minute mark, a rain of cymbals is heard then the drums suddenly join in and the following 3 minutes literally have the power to bring tears of bliss. The climax ends and the sound lowers significantly as Godspeed's trademark, the lap slide guitar enters giving a contemplative touch to the middle section of the song. The sound builds up again and a quite heavy section follows. The piece ends with a unclear radio broadcast (?) and a simple 3-note piano section.

"Static" is probably my least favourite part of this album. The first five minutes are drone-ish sounds which lead to a speech made by a preacher (?). Now, I don't identify to any religion but this speech is just amazing. It deals with enlightenment: "When you penetrate to the most high God, you will believe you're mad, you will believe you've gone insane." The speech is accompanied by a melancholic violin and as it stops, acoustic guitar enters the picture and the violin comes back in. Another buildup. This time a powerful wall of sound is created. I guess all 3 guitars, 2 bass, violin, cello and horns are playing in harmony to create this effect. "Static" ends much like it started, with drone noises.

The first track on side two is "Sleep". It starts with a depressing speech made by an old man ruminating about his childhood in Coney Island. This song might be the easier one to love on a first listen. There are two main buildups here. The first one leads to a haunting part with alienating distorted slide guitar and heavy drumming. The second one starts with acoustic guitar joined by horns and electric guitar. Then just as you think it's over, violin and drums come back and play in sublime harmony until the end of the piece.

To say that "Antennas to Heaven" is an intense experience is an understatement. I always imagined it as a soundtrack to people on their death bed looking back on their life. It starts with a part of a country song and percussions make the transition to sounds of children in a playground. They're singing a famous French riddle, "Le Bon Roi Dagobert". Then dramatic repetitive violin notes are played and make for a very beautiful passage. The last note is extended and you know what's coming when the drums start playing in the background. A very high intensity section mostly driven by guitar ensues but this part is very short. After a few minutes of meditative ambient sounds, a lovely electric guitar, bass and drums part come put an end to the album. The very final moments consist of more ambient greatness.

I think the only thing one could reproach this fantastic Canadian band is their tendency to always write songs with the same structure and never reinventing themselves. Most of their songs are composed of two buildups, emotional violin and guitar slowly increasing in intensity leading to a heavy climax. Personally I think their sound is absolutely perfect so I could not be more pleased that they're sticking to the same recipe all the time while using different ingredients. I believe this is an album that not only music enthusiasts should absolutely hear but also anyone who lives life passionately. Definitely 5 stars.

 F# A# ∞ by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.07 | 363 ratings

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F# A# ∞
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Insin

4 stars Godspeed You! Black Emperor's debut is a haunting, memorable, and quirky release. From the ambient stretches, the samples, to the post-rock crescendos, its main attraction is its apocalyptic atmosphere.

Even in the absence of words, GY!BE brings plenty of mood to their music, but with their inclusion, it gets even better. Featuring an eerie spoken word piece, Dead Flag Blues immediately produces visions of doom in its first movement. The lyrics are poetic, powerful, and the song embodies what Loutallica's Lulu should've sounded like. The music that accompanies it brings to mind many different scenarios, but the one we're given is the end of the world, and it works. Following the end of the vocals, DFB builds into a delicate, beautifully desolate post-rock climax?

And then the song winds down and draws to a close, just when things are getting really good. This F#A#'s major flaw; while GY!BE executes atmosphere extremely well, the music is lacking. DFB's peak is relatively intense, and even the bulk of East Hastings seems like it is building up to something huge, but never quite reaches it before descending into noise. Providence is just a bloated mess of samples and unrelated themes that give up too soon, withering away into nothingness before they reach anything of much value, being abandoned just as the movement nears a peak. There is no real climax in Providence; while it does have its moments, it scarcely functions in separate movements, let alone as a whole. Essentially, it is a collection of half-assed buildup and breakdown, a more extreme version of the problem that plagues the rest of the album. In short, GY!BE's debut is incredibly atmospheric, and musically mediocre. Dead Flag Blues is an excellent song, minimizing the problem and emphasizing the best features of the album; it is definitely worth listening to, but the rest of the album is optional.

 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.13 | 485 ratings

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Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Insin

5 stars Taking the atmosphere of F#A#Infinity and the musically superior arrangements of Yanqui UXO, GY!BE has created a masterpiece. Some say that Riot for Zero Kanada is their opus, an EP that demonstrates their sound more concisely, but for the full experience LYSFLAtH is a necessary experience for anyone into post-rock. With four epics and almost ninety minutes of music, this is an essential.

Skinny Fists is able to demonstrate an abundance of emotion in the absence of words, creating some sort of mood for any musical theme. Storm, for instance, begins the album with a warm, upbeat movement, and by the end of the song, it has moved into a deeply ominous passage. The actual music itself is done brilliantly, each movement (with several per song) building up from a simple riff and crescendoing into a peak after layers have been added on the original idea. Unlike on F#A# Infinity, they take everything they can get from a theme. Static, especially, is worth a mention here; the tension before the climax is spellbinding, leaving you wondering how it's possibly going to get more intense. It is set up so that the listener knows it will build up to something huge? and Godspeed delivers. The evolution of each song is done well, save perhaps the weakest song, the almost-title track. Though there are moments of bliss on Like Antennas to Heaven, it does not flow as smoothly as the other songs, additionally too reliant on samples and noise.

The samples, ambient, noise, and drone parts are largely present on Skinny Fists, used to break up periods of emotionally exhausting post-rock. I have no idea how the audio clips are relevant, but they add some more personality and quirkiness to the album, leaving the listener to ponder their meanings. The minimalistic forms of music present on the album are just kind of there, fitting the flow of the song and serving almost as interludes, though not the most enjoyable.

Despite all the noise and a relatively weak closing track, Skinny Fists is an excellent album and absolutely essential listening for anyone interested in post-rock. Combining atmosphere and brilliant songwriting techniques, GY!BE prove themselves masters of prog.

9/10, round up to five stars.

 Yanqui U.X.O. by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.97 | 279 ratings

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Yanqui U.X.O.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Insin

3 stars Yanqui UXO, for a long time, was my bedtime album. Whenever I had difficulty going to sleep, I'd put this on and by the time the main riff starts building up in 9-15-00 (Part 1), I'd be out. It's not that it's necessarily a boring album, or that it's based more in ambient than the others, but it is nowhere near as stimulating as its forerunner, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven.

Yanqui UXO lacks the atmosphere that made its predecessors stand out. F#A#Infinity had mood, this album has more compositional value, and Skinny Fists had both. The glorious post-rock crescendos of Yanqui UXO are still satisfying to reach after the trademark lengthy buildup, the layering of riffs and gradual intensifying of each movement done well with the band taking everything they can get from a theme. Also woven into the album are many ambient portions (no samples this time) that help to break up and emphasize the post-rock parts. But something is missing; Yanqui UXO provokes no emotion like the previous GY!BE albums did. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what atmosphere is and how to create it, but that aspect is gone from this release.

Yanqui is worthwhile, though maybe only after listening to some of the band's other offerings first. Their weakest, musically competent but lacking the extra factor that made Skinny Fists so incredible, is still good.

 Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.65 | 134 ratings

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Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Insin

4 stars Following their lengthy hiatus, GY!BE released an album that was worth the wait. Allelujah consists of two lengthy post-rock tracks, alternating with two shorter drone pieces. Aside from the very beginning of Mladic, there aren't any samples, so the drone tracks are used to break things up along with some mellow, ambient-based parts at the beginning of the longer songs.

Unsurprisingly, the longer songs really deliver. The songwriting is at its best here, with driving buildup and beautiful peaks. Once Mladic gets started, it doesn't stop, instead working as one flowing, twenty-minute epic. The composition is top-notch, though there aren't really any atmospheric vibes from this one. We Drift Like Worried Fire, on the contrary, is an exercise in mood in several movements. The opening riff is ominous at first, but as the song grows and changes, it becomes uplifting and almost too gorgeous to handle, reverts to creepy, and then finishes with a glorious post-rock crescendo.

Allelujah has atmosphere, but the main draw here is the songwriting on Mladic and Worried Fire. GY!BE is able to make the songs flow without much of the stop/start dynamics that tend to make songs sound disjointed, while retaining individual, distinct movements. There is more "action" on here, drone tracks aside, rather than the inclusion of samples and ambient passages.

It's hard for me to judge the quality of the two short songs, considering I am not a big fan of drone; I think of them more as interludes. Meanwhile two main songs on Allelujah are solid offerings of post-rock and definitely recommended. Great comeback album.

 Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.63 | 79 ratings

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Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Insin

4 stars GY!BE's latest effort is a song they have only been playing live until recently, originally called Behemoth. For its release, they cleaned it up and trimmed it by a few minutes. Now it consists of four individually titled tracks, all cross-fading into each other: two drone-based pieces bookended by more standard post-rock outings, Peasantry and Piss Crowns Are Trebled. The champions of post-rock and bizarre song/album titles have created something memorable, and it is unlike their previous releases, not necessarily in a bad way (though I wouldn't say any two GY!BE albums are exactly alike).

Peasantry, something of an overture, is based off the main drumbeat that opens the album. It is easily recognizable as Godspeed, though it does not have any drastic highs or lows characteristic of much of the band's work. Instead it wanders about somewhat boisterously, discordant to a degree. Piss Crowns is more along the lines of a typical GY!BE song, utilizing more traditional buildup, with a beautiful middle and swirling post-rock climax.

I am not the best judge of good versus bad drone, but the part that the two middle tracks play in the structure of the overall album is not the most effective. They seem as though they could have been cut out or shortened to the same result. Long periods of minimalism-based music often can make reentrances to a structure more appealing and dramatic, but I don't get the sense that it worked especially well here. Peasantry doesn't reveal at all what is going to happen in the closing track, thus the two songs being disparate. The drone tracks are necessary in order to bridge this gap, reinforcing the bookends as separate pieces, while the crossfading between songs contradicts this idea. In short, ASaOD's structure does not deliver as well as it potentially could, but it still works, and the two post-rock tracks are quite good. And there must be a reason why they did this.

Asunder, Sweet, and Other Distress is an excellent but flawed release, and even without samples it leaves much to be pondered, in reference to its structure (and the song titles). It's an interesting, quirky album, one worth owning. Good thing they cleaned up and released this live song.

 Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.63 | 79 ratings

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Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

2 stars I have always thought of this band as the evolution of punk to its inevitable refinement or decadence considering its starting point in the stylistic cycle. Musically speaking its raunchiness, eclecticness and irreverent spirit surely owe a lot to that, then, underground style. Of course, the also inevitable, technological refinement has turned what once was horrible and rebelious noisy reverb into an extension of the music itself, which is fun but not that original in the electronic or RiO category in this Prog world (neither in its current PA address) or even in the outer worlds of Prog .

Outside of Prog the loved as hated Neil Young's solo, 1991, "ARC" or his multiple "with Crazy Horse" recordings or a more recent work like "Le noise", not to mention, other musicians which are into these noisy fields as Sonic Youth or the more obscure Cabaret Voltaire and of course, the primitive but effective, Sex Pistols themselves, playing with this NOISE/Rock in the outskirts of Prog for a while.

Therefore in comparison to those hearings, this kind of noisy "symphonic" sonic/rock environments, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress" proposes, in this today's world, well are not exactly the discovery of America!

Anyway, in this "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress",(2015), they dwell too much into those muddy sonic-environments, and more than once they just come up with nothing but mud. I suppose you have to be a super loyal fan of the band or really be immersed in their conceptual image to listen to something beyond this, but music wise I really did not find anything truly relevant or at least interesting or really original.

To be optimistic I will mention that this is all instrumental and there are some nice contrasts between the acoustic and electronic ones here and there mostly found between the violins and the wall of "music school musicians' " noise/rock/post-punk, which ended up being more elegantly named and accepted in this Prog world as Post Rock/Math Rock.

To be honest **2.5 PA stars tops!

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