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  • Audio CD (15 Jun 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kranky Records
  • ASIN: B000007T2Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Dead Flag Bluesgodspeed you black emperor!16:28Album Only
Listen  2. East Hastingsgodspeed you black emperor!17:58Album Only
Listen  3. Providencegodspeed you black emperor!29:02Album Only

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It's hard to imagine this disc coming out of Montreal or, really, any urban habitat. The post-rock instrumentals on f#a#(infinity symbol), distantly related to the sounds made by the Australian band Dirty Three, serve as walking music for a loner hoping to hitch a ride in the middle of the Arizona desert and dealing with the inevitability of another night in coyote territory. Godspeed's swelling array of guitars, bagpipes, cellos, violins, trumpets, and drums is riveted together with an understated hope that is emotionally clutching, often devastating. This core of heavy Midwestern stoicism, saturated with waves of strings, hardcore interludes, and ripples of Morricone guitar, leaves listeners with the understanding that there is no escape from the badlands that surround and permeate us. --Michael Woodring

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Earthshaker on 6 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
You scarcely notice that the album has started: there's just a growing drone, then a male voice begins to speak: "The car's on fire - and there's no driver at the wheel." Gradually, sentence by sentence, he describes the collapse of urban civilisation. You look at your watch and realise that the standard length of a pop single has already passed and this is still just beginning ...

It's not party music, then; in fact, it's light years away from what's generally accepted as popular music at all. The three tracks clock in at 20 minutes or so each. Each is not a "song" as popular music has understood it, but a suite of several different sections. The instrumentation is surprisingly traditional, guitars and strings (even bagpipes) but deployed to form a drone-heavy sonic landscape more associated with electronic distortion. Voices are rare, generally spoken word sections and/or cut-ups like the one cited above; drums, likewise, occur once in a blue moon. There are long, slow, muted sections, there are occasional loud, fast sections, and once in a while there's a delicate little tune lost in the distance; all of it tied together by an overarching atmosphere of loss and regret.

I liked it: I'm always prepared to salute people wanting to do something different and break out of the straitjacket of the "pop song". If someone wants to stretch out and take 20 minutes, do away with a thudding beat to hammer home the obvious rhythm, experiment with textures rather than banal words, that's fine by me, and this gets 4 stars accordingly. I can't deny, however, that some of the more negative points made by earlier reviewers have validity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Goulding on 5 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I literally just bought this out of curiosity because I'd heard the odd good thing about it here and there. As soon as Dead Flag Blues kicked in I was blown away. It begins by setting the scene with a stark monologue, before the violins glide in.

Inside about the first 2 minutes you know you're in for something special. I would say this is a concept album, it seems to be anyway, on the theme of modern living in an industrial society. It conveys so many emotions over the hour, but overall it is uplifting and hopeful.

It's a very hard album to describe because it's basically an hour of ambient/chillout music with some voice samples and sound effects to carry the "story" along.

I think someone said, think Pink Floyd without the vocals, regarding this album; and they'd be right. One of the best progressive albums I've heard in some time. I'm pretty eager to get some more stuff by this band now.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By 77 on 26 Oct 2007
Format: Vinyl
I don't actually have a record player, yet even that can't stop me from loving this album. The famed train-crushed penny is present in all its mangled glory, as are numerous gorgeous photos and other images, not to mention the hand-written thank you note from one of the guys at Constellation (cheers Sean). This is why the MP3 age sucks; such delights will never be offered to those seeking an easy fix, and this is why you should support you independent labels, even one with such a huge cult following as these Canadian dudes. Call it materialistic if you will but, for me at least, these are just some of the benefits of being a fan of musicians and labels who care more about art than money. My eternal respect and admiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Stewart on 14 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
the first thing i remember about listening to this album for the first time, was the poignancy of the monologue in the opening half of "The Dead Flag Blues" - a woe begotten lament which perfectly establishes "F#A#oo" as Godspeed You! Black Emperor's staple song. it seems to establish everything they set out to achieve: aching beauty played by the strings and weeping guitars put next to the ominous field recordings of the steam train passing into the slow funeral dirge of "Slow Moving Trains" and "The Cowboy".
the steady, ever growing majesty of the other staple "post rock" bands such as Explosions In The Sky and Mogwai never quite develops with Godspeed, instead, it meanders through movements, delicately establishing each section with brittle arrangements and a sense of intimacy which permeates throughout every inch of the album's opening gambit, if not their entire discography.

that said, "F#A#oo" doesn't intend on remaining this timid standard bearer for just being long winded for the sake of it. many pieces of music on this album rumble away with the best of them, the middle section of "The Sad Mafioso..." positively explodes out of the speakers, galloping into your head with an intent so deadly, you'll cower at the power these 9 (probably more) men and women are capable of producing. furthermore, whereas the band don't shy away from the fact their music is predominantly drawn out and deeply connective with the listener, there are aspects of the album which suggest a want for something more immediate.
the opening of final track "Providence" for example, yearns to maintain it's momentous glock refrains but just doesn't seem to have the mettle to do so. same can be said for the choice of spoken word interludes.
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