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Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven [CD]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kranky Records
  • ASIN: B00004ZBMO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Storm
2. Static
Disc: 2
1. Sleep
2. Antennas To Heaven

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Godspeed You Black Emperor! enjoy a pre-eminent position in the post-rock field, proved by the fact that the majority of other bands in this genre are compared to them in reviews. Most pale by comparison.

`Lift Your Skinny Fists..' is generally reckoned to the band's defining work and with good reason. The power and gravitas that the nine musicians achieve is simply extraordinary. Your CD player will tell you that there are only four tracks over the two discs, but in reality the work is split into over twelve passages that segue into one other to form an album that needs to be listened to as a whole to be fully appreciated.

Musically, the range and breadth of styles here is dizzying. There are gentle passages of mournful strings, piano and plucked guitars which in the next heartbeat may build to fearsome guitar crescendos. Godspeed You Black Emperor also employ `field recordings'; found sounds and samples of spoken words which are by turns mundane, banal, nostalgic and evangelical. The sense of atmosphere that the band evoke is thrilling, yet the music is also accessible and melodic.

There are few relevant musical reference points here, because the band's large personnel allow them to create an orchestral power that is virtually unique, but I was reminded in places of the equally epic `Soundtracks for the Blind' by Swans. This is most apparent in the pounding drums that cut in towards the end of `Gathering Storm' on the first CD. Godspeed You Black Emperor's use of spoken word samples also owes a debt to Swans in my opinion. If you love this CD and have not heard `Soundtracks for the Blind' do check it out - you will not be disappointed.

Essential stuff for any serious music fan. Five stars well deserved.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you and doesn't let go.... 19 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is amazing...although I'm afraid I can't really say much more than has already been said in previous reviews. Its definitely some of the most moving music I've yet to hear...strength of mood is applied in so many ways on this double album...sometimes subtly, sometimes uproariously dramatically. Combination of rock drums with orchestral arrangements ensure that the bands "blueprint" of "quiet, quiet quiet, LOUD LOUD quiet" never gets boring, mainly because it's so epic and enthralling that mosttimes you don't realise its the same type of track in most cases. I have yet to judge the bands other releases, not having heard them, but from what people say, this album is a good starting point. Definitely get it as soon as you can! PS if you are sucker for elegantly designed packaging you will not be disappointed either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense Beauty. 21 Feb 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This record is chock full of beautiful orchestrations, pulsating rhythms, and weeping movements. Based mainly on crecendos climaxing into immense beauty, the latest Godspeed album is nothing short of Godspeedy perfection. Storm and Antennas to Heaven are highlights.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Post Rock 3 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
With this album GYBE simply sweep aside the rest of the field. Sprawling over 2 discs, the epic 'Lift Your Skinny Fists...' is a tour-de-force of GYBE's unbelievable ability to create beautiful yet shatteringly powerful `soundscapes'. The wall of sound they have become known for is better than ever, the powerful moments are sure to get your adrenaline pumping and the softer periods are just so touching, they make me feel like a big lumpy sack of uselessness. This album will hit you hard if you let it.

The first track 'Storm' instantly (well, over its 20 minute course) shows what GYBE are all about. The mood changes are simply perfect, the band weave in and out of themes, from beautiful and calming melodies to sinister driving sections. 'Static' is my favourite GYBE song, it takes a while to get going with numerous samples and introductory themes, until it enters its main motif played sinisterly by the strings, gradually building to a full band onslaught that defines crescendo. 'Storm' is a touching piece, once again a great use of sampling, but this piece is a showcase of the fabulous and inventive guitar playing, the sound is quite unlike anything I have ever heard...soaring...wailing...something completely ethereal. The title track is probably my least favourite of the four, but is still a fine piece.

GYBE simply destroys the boundaries. Every piece and every individual movement inside it, is utterly compelling and brutal. If your interested in post rock, or are already a post rock fan but without this (gasp!), then I cannot recommend this enough.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "they don't sleep anymore on the beach" 16 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
Godspeed you black emperor. Remember the name because you will probably never hear it again. A band this good simply cannot function for long without imploding, exploding, or simply disapearing back from the way in which they came: Obscurity. I have seen this band twice now, and they have been absoulutely brilliant on both occasions. Both times I have left the gig's feeling, sincerely, like I had just witnessed something sacred. Something so rock and roll that no one outside the four walls had any clue it was going on, and probably never would. Godspeed will never be the most popular band in terms of chart success. They will never have a single, but they were the largest selling band last year in terms of internet sales. This album is two cd's full of the most heavenly yet mornfull, beautiful music you can buy. Samples of preachers, of shopping attendants, of French Canadian children singing rhymes. The guitars wail and the strings weep. This will have you in tears.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Essential record, great packaging.
Published 19 days ago by Diogo Mafra
4.0 out of 5 stars ...not quite what I was expecting, but worth it nonetheless.
I bought this MP3 download for a paltry 2.49 on the spur of the moment, based on a recommendation from Amazon - presumably as I had bought a couple of the earlier Sigur Ros CDs to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joe Crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the greatest album ever made
This is a statement that I fully, utterly and completely stand by.

This is a life changing work of art and I shall spend the rest of my life attempting to unravel it's... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by Mr. Jp Scott-howes
4.0 out of 5 stars Utter awesomeness!
Ok, simply the pure excellency that Godspeed creates.
This is generally seen as their best, But personally F# A# (Infinity) is superiour to this one, one of my few five-star... Read more
Published on 2 July 2010 by Banjoman95
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational
And I mean the word literally. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven is a full on assualt on the senses, an emotional rollercoaster that's far too grand or subtle to be... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by R. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars nowhere to fall from
The music is symphonic, although only a few members of the orchestra showed up today... The theme is solemn perhaps even tragic but so is our present state of earthly affairs, so... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2009 by Deven Gadula
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and dishwater spring to mind.
Bought this after a recommendation by Amazon in a fit of boredom which unfortunately continued while listening to it. Read more
Published on 15 April 2009 by Barry Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian instrumentalists brainstorm emotional peaks and troughs
This album is very good, not perfect but then what is? The tracks each include a number of themes which Sigur Ros would have loved to have thought of first.
Published on 29 Mar 2009 by D. N. Mackerras
1.0 out of 5 stars Very slight music with some originality
This music is generally catorised as "post rock"; in fact it has nothing to do with rock. "Post music" might be a better description. Read more
Published on 30 July 2007 by Nicholas Rees
2.0 out of 5 stars Am I alone?
I just don't get this.

Track 1 Doesn't resolve itself and goes nowhere. Skip the bulk of the track and listen to the last 3 minutes which is interesting in a mild kind... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2006 by Marley's Ghost
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