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Explosions In The Sky - Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever CD (album) cover


Explosions In The Sky


Post Rock/Math rock

3.43 | 74 ratings

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4 stars What one might consider a stupid and non-sense title for an album is now what I consider one beautiful title. Sure it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, but it is a very pretty sentence, and is beautiful to hear it said.

Now with the music: Explosions In The Sky were here yet to release their fabulous third album, which is one of my favorite post-rock albums ever, in Those Who Tell The Truth, they are still not quite mature and yet too stuck on the usual post-rock clichés, but already know how to make a great album.

The album opener is the heaviest track here, it's not a monster of a song, but it's good, it starts with heavy riffing and then becomes more ambient, which is fine, good but not great. But right after comes one of my favorite Explosions' tracks, "Yasmin The Light" has a "dance-y" kind of feeling, somehow slow, subtle and danceable as a bossa nova track, only it is post-rock! A gorgeous one. Next, "The Moon Is Down", another great song, slow and with very warm feelings, really a kindhearted song.

A sample for the movie "The Thin Red Line" rises from "Have You Passed Through This Night?", one more Godspeed tribute song, and Jesus, it is marvelous! One more sampled monologue + growing music in the background done perfectly. "A Poor Man's Memory" is my least liked one here, and mostly because of the drums, which are really terrible, not only the playing, which is predictable and repetitive, but also the production, which puts it too high on the mix. By the end it has a climax which I think it's very poorly recorded to be rewarding.

Finally, the perfectly titled, "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept", the music doesn't quite live up to the title, but it's still very good, a more varied song but least sentimental, but really really enjoyable.

So this is a great album, its only bad is "A Poor Man's Memory", but it's still a great post-rock listen, and an essential for post-rock fans.

JTP88 | 4/5 |


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