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  • Original Release Date: 10 May 2011
  • Label: CALDO VERDE
  • Copyright: 2011 Caldo Verde
  • Total Length: 1:01:30
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  • ASIN: B004ZI49M8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,869 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mick Yerman on 14 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
Jesu - Ascension

Ascension is jesu's fourth full length album, the last being 2009's one song 40+ minute Infinity experiment. But it also marks the sixteenth jesu release since 2004 (ten EPs, one single, and one compilation). That's an average of two releases every year. Added to this, JKB's other projects - Final, Greymachine, Pale Sketcher to name a few - plus remixes and other collaborations, the man is no slacker. But what does this prolificacy mean to the quality of the material he churns out? With Ascension it means nothing. The album is a self contained unit; an audio book to open, listen through, then close. No "singles", not a great deal of diversity, and initially not much distinction between the songs at all. But I stress the words "not much". There still is a bit. Ascension is an album that does not want to fit in anywhere. It is insular, one of the most insular rock albums I've heard. Maybe even autistic. Autistic? Well listen to the album and see if that makes sense.

It took me a while to first check out jesu, considering I've been a fan of Godflesh since I was a teen. The first jesu album I heard was the Silver EP (2006). The title track was the first thing to hit me, but it did not do so immediately. It was only after several listens that the track's stirring, heavy-laden beauty was revealed. I became fascinated with the song, and still am. Next came the two albums, Jesu (2004) & Conqueror (2007). The latter's more refined, lighter feel made it more accessible but after the weeks and months of listening to both albums the former, self-titled album began to bear down over it's more superficial cousin and buckled it's knees. Jesu conquered Conqueror.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin Mccartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Ascension" is the first LP I've ever heard by Jesu (the band of former Napalm Death/Godflesh member Justin Broadrick) and it doesn't disappoint. In fact I think it's a real coup for Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records to have signed a group of such high calibre - on a par with Kozelek's own releases for the label.

The sound of the CD is what I'd describe as definitive slowcore. Sonically, it reminds me, variously in places, of Red House Painters, Teenage Fanclub and even The Doves. Lyrically, it's in a league of its own - although it's dark stuff; an extract:

"The gates we see, are never open
For you and I, they create purpose
A sense of worth, but lost in heaven
Our only hope"

See what I mean? Mind you, the only reason I know what the lyrics are is because they're printed in the booklet - best of luck to anyone trying to decipher them via a downloaded version.

An early contender for album of the year?

Slowcore will never die, but Mogwai's fanbase might, on the strength of this.
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