- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Constellation
- ASIN: B007E56VFM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward Import
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Top Customer Reviews
If you enjoyed their first release, or any Godspeed (especially the less frenetic bits) you really HAVE to own this album. It's that simple. In my all-time Top 10.
However, as the album unfolds it soon becomes apparent that the band have made huge steps forward, expanding and improving on the vocal elements that were only hinted at on their debut. There are some tracks here that adhere to an almost traditional rock structure, but it never detracts from the beauty of the music nor does it appear akward sitting next to their instrumental tracks.
In short, the music is still beautifully melodic melancholic, but the band has stretched into new musical area's not covered by their debut, or any other GYBE! related release for that matter.
The band conjure their music using strings, piano and vocals but they achieve their own musical identity. When it works it is gorgeous: the opening track is a beautiful piano piece; `Could Have Moved Mountains' starts from minimal instrumentation and gently builds to a wonderful melody and `The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes' is a superb closer. On this track Ephrim's fractured vocals lend the lyrics real emotional depth.
In places the focus is not so strong. Strings meander somewhat aimlessly in `Built Then Burnt' and `Tho You Are Gone..' and the spoken word piece on `This Gentle Hearts..' annoys me slightly every time I hear it.
However, the band also have the ability to surprise; `Take These Hands..' is an urgent, scraping violin piece with tortured vocals which arrives with a shock from the gentle preceeding track.
To summarise, this CD is full of varied, thought-provoking, interesting and challenging music. Not quite the absolute classic some other reviewers seem to think but very good nevertheless.
The first track is one of the best and picks up where the last album left off with repetition of violin and piano. There's a thin fuzzing sound in the background that just eats away inside you. It also has one of the best piano lines I've ever heard.
The next two tracks are very similar, in fact there isn't any change between them except 'Built then Burnt(Hurrah!Hurrah!)' has a monologue speech from a young boy at the start of it. 'This Gentle Heart's...' with its gentle chiming in the background and shimmering guitar reverb is a perfect nighttime song.
The next song 'Take these hands...' is brilliant. Heavily treated vocals and fast paced violins rush towards a dramatic conclusion.
The enxt song though is more relaxed and laid back. Efrim whispers the vocals and the song lulls along in agaonsing sadness. It's a little bit like '13 angels' from their last album, but even richer.
'Tho you are gone I still often walk w/you' sounds like something out of a horror film. It's the most haunting piece they've ever done, but probably the worst on this album, not that it's a bad thing. It just doesn't meet the standard of the rest.
'Could've moved mountains...' is the most gybe! influenced song on the album, with a mass of distorted guitars leading to a furious climax.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful sound, the piano and violins on 'Sisters brothers...' cemented this album to me as one of my all time favourites. If you like music from EITS, Godspeed You! Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2008 by Matt
This has to be the best album of 2001. If not, one of the best. I got into Godspeed and the Constellation label around the time of 'Lift Your Skinny Fists... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2002 by Dan B.