Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
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Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

15 Oct 2012

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Their Helicopters Sing
We Drift Like Worried Fire
Strung Like Lights At Thee Printemps Erable

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Oct 2012
  • Label: Constellation
  • Copyright: 2012 Constellation
  • Total Length: 53:07
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  • ASIN: B009PGSAK2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,283 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Allelujah! indeed. 19 Oct 2012
By droflim
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I've loved GYBE since they had their exclamation mark at the end instead of the middle (no, me neither) and this was a real surprise, their first new album in ten years, released somewhat under the radar in October 2012. I'd heard this on a pre-release stream but that does not adequately prepare you for the CD which sounds huge. It's great to have them back. Apparently some of the tracks have been road tested under other names, so the band is well on top of it's material here. The bit on Mladic which on the streaming sounded a bit like Hawkwind here sounds more middle eastern and really massive. Surprisingly heavy. The two shorter tracks are more drone and trance like. We Drift Like Worried Fire is more like godspeed of old - classic. You can read a lot about the political import of what the band does, but this is, as always, instrumental music, which you can interpret or not; an attitude comes across which is sorely needed in a conforming music world. In doing so it is the music which rises above all else. As a rare press interview in the Guardian had it: "Do people like me just take you too seriously?" "Probably." Allelujah! indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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After a long musical hiatus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor return with a new line-up and a surprise new album `Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!', their first record in 10 years since 2002's `Yanqui U.X.O.'

`Mladic' begins as a delicate middle eastern-tinged drone, patiently building multiple washes of soaring distortion and screeching strings. Particularly impressive were the waves and waves of clashing percussion, driving the track throughout its 20 minutes. Possibly the noisiest track Godspeed You! Black Emperor have created, it's a beautiful showpiece opener, a slow-focused visceral onslaught that leaves you breathless. `Their Helicopters Sing' brings you back down from the elation of `Mladic' to channel you into tenser, flakier transitions. Bowed strings and dissonant pulsing drones are placed at the forefront, producing an altogether very different, almost elemental experience.

`We Drift Like Worried Fire' is the other 20 minute opus, and possibly Godspeed's most ambitious track. Some plucked strings set the tone, more instruments emerge but the development is at a strolls pace. The shifting music is allowed to grow organically but you don't often feel that any sound is wasted. Ten minutes in and the first climax has elapsed, a multitude of varying melodies and rhythms follow, a harrowing and moving journey ends with an uplifting final sequence. `Strung Like Lights...' ends the album, shallow layers of drone grow into thicker slabs of muzzled noise, diminishing back into a long continuous drone. A great way to end the album, after all the stirring and emotional upheaval, things settle, you move on.

You may quibble that `Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!' only has 4 tracks, or that `Mladic' and `We Drift Like Worried Fire' aren't even new tracks. But once you press play you forget everything and just enjoy the music which is so beautifully crafted. Godspeed You! Black Emperor return with a tremendous album, its a pleasure to have them back.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Efrim Menuck for president (4.5 Stars) 20 Oct 2012
By Kenneth
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I like Explosions in the Sky and appreciate some of the less bombastic work of Mono, but I've often wondered whether the spirit of experimental rock in the 1990's that helped give rise to what was later dubbed Post-rock, has been somewhat lost by the sort of music the Texas four piece and its Post-rock contemporaries have been making throughout the last ten years. To paraphrase a quote from Tiny Mix Tapes "Is Post-rock about stretching the possibilities of the live rock band, or delivering the emotional peaks and crescendos of the classical orchestra circa high-romanticism, with the economy of a touring punk band?" Godspeed You! Black Emperor is often seen as being one of the bands that turned Post-rock into something of an unrestrained spectacle in the late nineties. Their mixture of abstract vocal samples; lengthy movements and Slint indebted crescendo/diminuendo dynamics, basically shaped the landscape for what the genre would become in the 2000's.

If it weren't for the fact that Godspeed released several masterworks in this style before going on a ten year hiatus, they perhaps could be blamed for the lack-lustre state in which post-rock currently finds itself in. Of course it would be churlish of us to ridicule GY!BE for having such a strong influence on the bands that followed them, their amazingly apocalyptic music was far too powerful not to invite imitators. It's just a shame that nobodies been able to take that inspiration (beside Sigur Ros) and produce anything as forward thinking/genre defining as what the Canadian Octet were able to do before retiring indefinitely. When I heard GY!BE had reformed in 2010 I was veritably pleased (as you could imagine), but I didn't think they'd release any new material, at least not in what has become a terribly clichéd form anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get back from the mic a bit 20 Oct 2012
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this is storming, the opening track is immense. I had to a have a lie down half way thru. I love mogwai, sigur rus, explosions in the sky even sunn o))) this lp really throws down a musical gauntlet that I think all these great bands will struggle to pick up. it's not for the faint hearted and you won't hear it in bookshops or these new fangle coffee bars, but alone, in the dark with the headphones........................
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4.0 out of 5 stars Godspeed spacerock out
Maybe a slight exaggeration in my title but some of the material here reminded me of certain periods of Hawkwind. Overall not a bad album but not as good as their early work.
Published 5 months ago by Space Head
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy for the ears.
It's a long time coming, and it's worth the wait.

My initial reaction of 'oh great, two drone pieces' was stumped by actually hearing the work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. A. D. Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars It was fine
Actually it was a gift for somebody else. They, as expected, have not said anything about it other than Thank You.
Published 12 months ago by ALAN HEYDON
5.0 out of 5 stars Back and hope more to come!
This album will not dissapoint those of us who find them inspired. Great as usual. I hope they are somewhere planning some more of the same!!!!!
Published 13 months ago by K. Schier
4.0 out of 5 stars Day dreaming music
I put this album on just to try it, see what sort of music would be made, I have to say I found it very very peaceful and meditative. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cubby Kovu
5.0 out of 5 stars and from the ashes rose, victorious
after 10 years in exile they return with a signature sound and a brilliant recording. my partner says it winds him up but i find it eerily calming.
Published 14 months ago by mr w grobbelaar
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their strongest
I would rank this amongst their best work. In particular We Drift Like Worried Fire. I didn't think much would come close to f# a# infinity, but this stands out
Published 14 months ago by Marc
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God(speed) They Are Back...
I have long been a fan of Godspeed, ever since I picked up a copy of their album F#A# based on a magazine review and was first captivated by this strange sound-scape. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jimmi C
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
Like it very much! :)
an awesome album from Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Black Emperor is coming back !!!
have fun with it.
Published 16 months ago by Jia You
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous albums...yet
Not as good as previous albums yet it soars above most of the conformist dross that is out there, currently masquerading as music!
Published 17 months ago by Neil Pickering
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