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Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven [VINYL]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (22 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Constellation
  • ASIN: B00004YRBC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantastic album. 26 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's odd. They format hasn't changed, the band aren't doing anything different to what they usually do, but somehow it IS different. The tone has changed. The apocalyptic pre-millenial gloom that permiated f#a infinity and Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada have become something more optimistic. The band have honed their skills at adding layer upon layer of sound to create incredibly intense movements, such as the incredible 2nd track, which starts with several minutes of waves of sound before giving way to a constant beat that slowly build over nearly ten minutes, getting faster, with different instruments joining in until you think your head will explode, then just at the last moment it stops. If you have bought other Constellation releases, you can hear where some of the members other projects influence this album. There are parts that sound exactly the "A Silver Mt Zion", (most notably the end of the 1st track) the splinter group formed by Sophie, Theirry and Efrim. There are other parts that sound like Fly Pan Am (one of the guitarists other band) on track 3 i think. This is not a bad thing, in a way it kind of helps you trace who has the input where on the album, allows you to gain an insight into how the songs are written. A must buy album, even though it would be spoiled if it became too popular.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful. 28 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
There is no doubt that Godspeed have come a long way since F#A#00. In my opinion every album they have made has improved a lot. This is their best yet!! I found F#A#00 a bit directionless, while Slow Riot was more focused and had a definite destination. You could argue that there are places here with this new piece that have got "lost" but the direction through the most part far outways any possible flaws. I also like the increased use of ambience in between pieces, it is a shame that this didn't tie in so well with the main pieces(if you can call them that). There is also a greater use of the rhythm section throughout the album, which i think is a good thing, although there is also a lack of dynamic range compared to F#A#00 & Slow Riot. If you havn't seen Godspeed live then you haven't heard half of what they are. So far what i have said may seen a little critical but these are only minor qualms in a beautiful masterpiece. If you like what Godspeed have done you NEED this album.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I guess you know what you're buying in this case......... Incredible atmosphere, incredible music!
Published 25 days ago by Black Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Essential record, great packaging.
Published 2 months 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 19 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
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