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All Delighted People
All Delighted People
Price: £8.03

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sufjan on top form, 11 Dec 2010
This review is from: All Delighted People (Audio CD)
Oh my goodness.

I haven't written a review here for a very long time, but feel compelled to chuck my two pennies worth in. Bottom line? This is insanely wonderful. If we all felt The Age Of Adz was an exciting electronic venture, this is sheer unadultered, classic Sufjan. Parts will remind you of Illinoise, some of the early Christmas EPs, and then out of nowhere he throws in some twisted Age Of Adz electro-squelch. The compositions are, at times, sprawling and epic, gorgeously layered and textured, with some stunning choral parts and some of the finest, intimate harmonies he's put to disc.

There's really not a half-baked moment here - anyone familiar with his work will instantly fall in love with it, and for those only beginning their Stevens journey, considering this his most recent work, it's actually a fine place to start.

For a fiver you've no argument. Possibly the most beautiful and well considered record I've bought for a very long time. And I spend stupid amounts of money on here.....

The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
Price: £9.62

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please ignore 'a music fan' from lancashire, 10 April 2005
Well, although the one bad review is vastly outnumbered, and having recently bought 'the earth is not a cold dead place' I felt compelled to set the record straight, in a way.
Yes, Explosions ARE working within the structure of post-rock, and of course parallels cannot help but be made with GSYBE, Mogwai, Silver Mount Zion etc...(this has happened, and will always happen throughout the music industry), but the thing to be remembered is that Explosions have offered us here an absolute masterpiece of atmospheric, enchanting, blistering musical magic. The touch, feel and delicacy of gaps between the 'explosions' leaves you salivating, incapacitated and utterly disarmed...then comes the perfection in timing and restraint within the build-ups, to eventually send your heart and soul into orbit through the ferocious musical 'orgasms'. They have used a structure put in place by the pioneers of post-rock, and discarded the angst, isolation and chilling emptiness so apparent within many other similar bands....leaving pure, unadultered beauty and optimism throughout. Absolutely stunning....if I could choose a soundtrack to die to, then my search is over.

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