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Explosions in the Sky Audio CD
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Hailing from the sultry metropolitan landscape of Austin, TX, Explosions In The Sky are some of the most sincere folks you will ever meet. Aside from being nice guys, they play some of the most passionate, powerful instrumental music you will ever hear. Equal parts romance and tragedy, their beautiful melodies have the tendency to ignite into head-spinning walls of noise. Easily one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Explosions in the Sky Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B000KP7KYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmirising 15 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Explosions In The Sky's track record of creating mesmirising sonic violence is almost unparalleled, but one thing that has eluded the band - until now - is the ability to translate the majesty of their hypnotising live shows to record.

All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone changes that, marking as it does a huge leap forward for the band, ditching the somewhat crystalline production of its predecessors in favour of broader instrumentation and more focussed, asperous production. With increased intensity than even its ferocious predecessor, The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone almost completely blurs the lines between Explosions' recorded output and their extraordinary live shows.

The Birth And Death Of The Day clashes and coruscates like not just the beginning and end of the day, but the beginning and end of the universe. It's Natural To Be Afraid roars with a fierceness that few, if any, bands can match. The addition of piano on So Long, Lonesome and What Do You Go Home To? creates a beautiful, meditative picture, while the machine-gun snare on Catastrophe And The Cure is nothing short of incendiary.

Proving once again that bass, guitars and drums still allow for infinite possibilities, Explosions In The Sky manage to speak with more emotional resonance than a million bands with singers ever could.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Not Great 5 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
There are both good and bad points to the new Explosions in the Sky album.

On the plus side, the band once again subtly shifts its style. The delicate, chiming guitar work of `The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place' has been energized by a rawer, more live sound. Drums seem more in the mix, particularly when the opening track `The Birth and Death of the Day' kicks into gear.

Piano has been introduced to the band's repertoire with good effect, best shown on the teasingly short and beautiful album closer `So Long Lonesome'. Also, the musicianship throughout is of the highest order and I would imagine the band sound fantastic live.

Now the downside. I have owned this CD for several weeks and given it many careful listens. In my experience, Explosions albums are not immediately accessible, which is not a problem in itself (although how some Amazon reviewers can declare a CD to be a five-star classic after only owning it for a day is beyond me). However, there seem to be two real problems with the album.

Firstly, whilst I am an admirer of the band and the way they take rock's basic guitar/bass/drums template to wonderful new places, Explosions in the Sky seem to be struggling here against their self-imposed limitations. There is a sense that we have heard it all before.

Secondly, and more importantly, is the lack of real inspirational quality. As already mentioned, the first and last tracks are very good, and I also quite like `What Do You Go Home To?' and `Catastrophe and the Cure' but there are no catch-your-breath moments here to compare with `Greet Death' from `Those Who Tell the Truth..' or `Your Hand in Mine' from `The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind bendingly good 25 Aug 2007
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One of the best crescendo/post rock albums ever and the best release by far by the Explosions. I don't have the words to describe how beautiful the sound on this album is. Just about every track sends shivers up my spine. The album is a slow burner and will take two or three listens to bed in, but I think this is my top Album of 2007.

Also check out God Speed You Black Emperor (Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antenna) as well if this kind of sound does it for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all of a sudden they surprised me 27 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Explosions had hitherto just been one of those slightly formulaic and certainly basic post-rock additions to my cd collection. "Those Who Tell The Truth..." was raw and powerful (albeit slighted dated these days), and, while "The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place" certainly found a Mono 3rd album-esque spurt towards genuine individuality, it wasn't especially in a direction that interested me. I found the whole band a tad too repetitive to ever consider showering praises on them. Enter this record.

I bought it out of habit mainly, but incredibly (for a band of their ilk), after merely one listen, I knew it was the best record they had ever produced (bar the first one, which I don't actually own, but can't imagine is all that special...). The cinematic, grandiose opening gives way to triumphant chords and some disconcertingly Pelican-esque drumming (not a fan of that), but this is the one time the drummer falters. Rather than being content to sit back and groove, he finally seems to have acknowledged the power of his instrument to alter the feel of any section, regardless of the guitars. This is particularly noticeable in the first movement of track 2. Thereafter this track wanes, but before one's attention lapses the haunting swaythes of track 3 captivate. This is the first time Explosions have strayed from anything other than neutral or positive sounding music. This is a brooding, ominous, piano-laden introduction. but the track tells us "it's natural to be afraid", and the soothing connotation therein soon reveals itself in the guitar-driven second movement, before building into a crescendo of shimmering, relentless, duel-soloing guitars. It's the sound of a thousand icicles shattering in the wake of a rising sun, and is the album's pinnacle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Album with a Problem
A genuinely beautiful album from start to finish, however, there is one seemingly common problem. There is a constant but varying amount of static on this mix, it doesn't really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosions in the sky.
First heard this band on Amazon after checking out Sigur Ross.The percussion is some of the best i have heard.
Great cd,many thanks to the seller.
Published 13 months ago by Cokey g
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosions
Classic Explosions in the Sky. Love them. Great musicians, great music, amazing universe of sounds they create with their guitars, classic post rock where they creat enviorments... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Miguel Garcia F. Dias
3.0 out of 5 stars All of a sudden, warp...
Although this is indeed a great album, the vinyl pressing is... Disappointing, to say the least. It's warped, on every copy, there's a slight warp! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Harry Yeates
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is an amazing album. The music is beautiful! I bought this as a present for a friend, and he loved it. I also ended up borrowing it as it was just so good!
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by J. Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just post rock
Post rock is, as a genre, all too often dismissed as dull, repatitive background music. That's probably because post rock all too often IS dull, repetative background music. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by pandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Completely instrumental album...Intricate sound and beautiful elevates your spirit...I can just tell you that the first track is so beautiful that you will put it on... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by M. Ruta
5.0 out of 5 stars All of a Sudden a Perfect Post Rock Album
Coming to the band rather late this was the first cd of theirs I bought. I've subsequently bought the others in reverse order. Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Stalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Euphoria and melancholia
This like some of Silver Mount Zions titles has a wonderful, mysterious and evocative title which reflects the instrumental contents that lie within. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2009 by colin sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is EITS's best work so far. It's a beautiful album which includes everything you want from an epic post-rock album. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2009 by Mr. CM Horton
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