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5.0 out of 5 stars GODSPEEDS! MIGHTY RETURN IS THEIR BEST, 10 Feb 2003
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This review is from: Yanqui U.X.O. (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. Speaking of which, I believe this is some sort of soundtrack about the atrocities committed between Israel/America and Iraq, and the fact that lyrics (thankfully) aren't included, there is a genuine sense of grief and sadness in the music itself which is created inside the mind of the listener, rather than the use of lyrics forcing us to believe and take the objective opinion from the artists themselves.
If you consider yourself a patient listener and a fan of epic movie scores and are intrigued by a rock and classical music crossover with atmosphere then invest in this. If you're already a fan, you probably already have it, and should be listening to this modern classic/masterpiece right now (whilst sending letters of complaint to music publications for not telling the public about them).
Highlights are track 1, the last half of track 3 and the whole of track 5 (which is pretty mindblowing and easily Godspeeds! greatest triumph).
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2010 09:18:04 GMT
..."the atrocities committed between Israel/America and Iraq,..."??
WTF? Lets hope your understanding of music is more accurate than your (lack of ) understanding of politics.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2010 17:07:17 GMT
ALVARO says:
America,Iraq and Israel have all caused atrocities.If count killing people as atrocities?
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