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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting there, 14 Oct 2013
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Not their best album by any means and they have a new line-up and approach to what they lay down... but as this is their first effort as a five-piece it's encouraging to say the least. Three or four outstanding tunes and some hit-and-miss stuff, but to say I'm looking forward to their next album is an understatement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great album, 9 Oct 2013
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Origins may not be their best work, but is a fresh combination of new sounds and old style. It's an experiment well made that keeps the post-rock standards high, like God Is An Astronaut used to do.
Few tracks bring such an explosion of sounds and emotions, you can get addicted to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GIAA's Best Material, 18 Sep 2013
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At first I thought Origins was great, easily on par with the rest of the band's work. Now however I think it is AMAZING. Origins is one of my favourite albums to date, and I think it is GIAA's best album. I think it is definitely one of the best releases this year will see, down to musical prowess and the ability to create a modern sound while keeping many of the basic formulae intact.

Though it is a very tough choice, my favourite tracks on the album include:

The Last March - The first track on the album with a very uplifting theme, fading away at times to then come back with more energy.
Strange Steps - A slower paced track with a mesmerising theme, featuring powerful sounds following a great build up. Some vocals to enhance the mysterious setting.
Light Years From Home - A track filled with emotion, with vocals laying out the main melody. The final track on the album.

There is a great mixture of sounds in Origins, with energetic, guitar riff based, piano central and vocally-led tracks. The pacing of the album is great and although the vocals are generally indecipherable, they generally serve to act as an instrument rather than a song meaning (as is tradition with GIAA).

I probably sound like somewhat of a fanboy but I literally cannot give this album enough praise, especially with some of the pop trash that's topping the charts these days. Origins gets a 10/10 from me, and GIAA have cemented their place in post-rock history (as if they hadn't already), showing that six albums in they're still going as strong as ever.
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