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Yanqui U.X.O. [CD]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Constellation
  • ASIN: B00006RJ1I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Montreal-based anarchist collective Godspeed You Black Emperor are responsible for making some of the most awe-inspiring symphonic music of the last decade--but on their fourth record, Yanqui U.X.O, it sounds as if the wind in their sails has dropped from a gale to a breeze. By no means has their resolve faltered: Godspeed are still dedicated to autonomy from a music industry they view as corrupt--witness the sleeve of Yanqui U.X.O, which features a pen-scrawled chart that financially links major record labels to arms manufacturers and the American military itself. But the music here--recorded, for the first time, with Chicago-based producer Steve Albini--lacks the inspiring climaxes and dramatic manifestos that characterised the band's earlier works. The second movement of "09-15-00" displays a serene, windswept beauty. But all too often, individual instruments--celestial guitar roar, keening violin, martial drum signatures--aren't given enough space to breathe, gelling into one characterless drone. And with no atmospheric field recordings to section up its five plodding orchestral passages, Yanqui U.X.O begins to feel like an awfully long 75 minutes. Only the closing "Motherfucker = Redeemer" finds the band hitting their stride, but by then, you're mute with surprise that Godspeed have turned out an album that's anything other than totally excellent. --Louis Pattison

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GODSPEEDS! MIGHTY RETURN IS THEIR BEST 10 Feb 2003
By Jamal
Format:Audio CD
YANQUI U.X.O. is perhaps the most satisfying Godspeed! album thus far. There are no vocal interludes or messy atmospheric shenanigans, just a series of well structured, extremely infectious melodies. Playing less upon the slow fast slow fast trademark sound, this album is not so much about the power or the impact (but it has these too) but more about the actual melodies themselves. This is Godspeeds! 'pop' album and it sounds absolutely brilliant (perhaps as a result of Steve Albini, legendary producer of Nirvana, the Pixies and PJ Harvey amongst others).
The albums' shadings of light and dark (not so much as the fast and slow) is quite incredible, and this makes it a good start to finish listen. Some of the melodies are very unforgettable and this album, when listened to in the correct frame of mind, can become quite addictive. It's certainly a better focused, more complete and consistent album than their previous ones (which where also excellent), despite slightly lacking in the variety of 'Lift Your Skinny Fists....' There's also more emotion to be found amongst the mayhem- although not quite as sad as 'Lift Your Skinny Fists' or 'F#A#Oo' it's far more devastating and scary.
I can't understand it when people call Godspeed! a demanding band. Judging from this, they simply aren't (although maybe with previous albums/eps). This album is like a cross between incidental movie music at its peak with a lot of attention payed to melody and construction. What's so difficult about that?
I guess it's the lack of lyrics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing recording - embarassingly good. 7 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album certainly doesn't make for easy listening so it's definitely not one to soothe or relax. Perhaps it has its quiter, calmer moments, but on the whole this is an album to grab you and shake you with the force of a tornado. This ain't sweet or romantic business that speaks of heartbreak either, unless heartbeak be seen in cosmic proportions. This is somber, heavy music on the less optimistic side - it inneffably speaks about pain and sadness and injustice in the world (see bombs on cover, and politicized inner sleeve notes) and it does so through such intense a material and on such gradiose a scale that it can hardly be listened to in one go. But this is hardly the artists' fault, and one can only admire the force of this legendary instrumental rock group at its peak. This album will leave you drained to be sure - but don't be frightened off: it'll show you such heights of beauty and transfiguration, and it it'll so move you and stir you deep down inside that it'll feel like some mystical purging experience. A ridiculous amount of harmonies and torrents of beauty crammed within a one hour recording. Amazing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, simple amazing 12 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Upon first listen to this it seems to be too long and drawn-out, but that's only the first listen. Once you get used to it and listen to again you start to understand why this music was written this way. It is written to amaze, and to have it most simply put, it does.
It never zooms along at high speed, but crawls, not too slowly, but still crawls, and this all adds to the amazing effect of GYBE. You can feel emotion distilled in the music, everything that comes out from it comes with pure emotion. And the fact that these songs were written to portray wars just adds to that effect. You can almost imagine the armies marching along and then when all the music finally comes together they're commensing battle, and then it dies down and the battle is over, but only one side is victorious, but there is something calm about the victory. All these portrayed by music. It's just simply amazing.
If you like music to be short songs, don't buy this. If you like long, beautiful instrumental masterpieces buy this now. You won't regret it. This was my first GYBE buy after hearing one song off a previous album, and I cannot get enough of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rockets Fall on Nay-Sayers! 12 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
RI am an admirer of all Godspeed's albums but I left purchasing `Yanqui UXO' until last, not through any desire for chronology but simply because I had perceived from reviews that this was the band's weakest effort. Just goes to show how wrong you can be.

`Yanqui UXO' shows the band to be in blistering form. This is by far their tightest and most cohesive effort yet. Gone are the spoken word samples that permeate all of their other recordings. These are a matter of taste, but in my opinion they detracted from the quality and focus of some of the material on `Lift Your Skinny Fists..', for example.

Guitars are more to the fore here, distorted to a greater extent than previously (perhaps showing the influence of Albini at the desk) but I disagree that other instruments do not have room to breathe. Rather, this is the first album where Godspeed genuinely sound like a band rather than a collection of musicians, albeit very talented, chipping in with their own ideas.

The music is driven with an exhilarating rush, exemplified superbly on the album's heart `Rocket Falls..' This 20-minute track is virtually an album in itself as it progresses through so many stages; from urgently plucked guitars, atmospheric strings, blasts of distorted guitar and back again, separated by one wonderfully swooping cinematic flourish. Great stuff.

A criticism would have to be that at 74 minutes the record is a little overlong, but don't let the nay-sayers put you off. If you love powerful and urgent rock music buy this CD. Will there be another Godspeed album? Perhaps not as the side projects proliferate, but if not this is a fine way to bow out. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GY!BE at its best!
In my opinion this album does not fall behind albums like F#A# or Skinny Fists, it's simply mind-blowing. Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls is probably my favourite GY! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pawel Kekus
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to Iraq War II
This album was the soundtrack to the build-up and execution of the Iraq war in 2002-2003 and I remember associating the news reports, debate and protest of the time with listening... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by dolomiti
3.0 out of 5 stars It ain't heavy, it's....
There's no doubt these guys can make moving music that has real depth and feeling that will take months if not years to explore properly.... just beware. Read more
Published on 19 May 2007 by Roy Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... it's different, I'll give it that
Okay, I won't bore you by saying things like "This album is definitely different" (i've done enough of that in the review title), because that's what's been said in pretty much... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2006 by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars music par excellance!!!!
Very very interesting music. Montreal at its finest. It builds up slowly like a crescendo. Reminds me of Moris Ravel (in rock form). Very good I recommend it to all.
Published on 18 Oct 2005 by Marios Guevara
3.0 out of 5 stars Drab by their massive standards
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada was a full blown rock out, F#A#OO was tense nihilism and Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven was orchestral-rock. Read more
Published on 22 July 2004 by "nation_of_taylor"
5.0 out of 5 stars Music From Somewhere Better
For many years I have been a big fan of Mogwai. I like their long, drawn out build ups and releases of tension through big, loud noise. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2003 by Paul James
4.0 out of 5 stars Politics and music do mix
I'm glad I didn't review this after only a one or two listens. Godspeed do not hit you like that; their music requires to undergo a certain type of osmosis like process in order... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2003 by Graeme
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their other stuff but.....
This album is great....but after several listens now, I'm convinced it is not as good as their previous two albums and EP. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2002 by Reverend Mother
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