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Blown-out joy from heaven's mercied hole,
By A Customer
This review is from: Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward (Audio CD)
This has to be the best album of the year by far. While their first was stark, this album is more lush with melody (partly due to the band expanding to six musicians). There's more of a gybe! influence on this album than the last There are also a lot more vocals but these add to the texture of the record and the singing's a lot better than it was on 'movie(never made)'
The first track is one of the best and picks up where the last album left off with repetition of violin and piano. There's a thin fuzzing sound in the background that just eats away inside you. It also has one of the best piano lines I've ever heard.
The next two tracks are very similar, in fact there isn't any change between them except 'Built then Burnt(Hurrah!Hurrah!)' has a monologue speech from a young boy at the start of it. 'This Gentle Heart's...' with its gentle chiming in the background and shimmering guitar reverb is a perfect nighttime song.
The next song 'Take these hands...' is brilliant. Heavily treated vocals and fast paced violins rush towards a dramatic conclusion.
The enxt song though is more relaxed and laid back. Efrim whispers the vocals and the song lulls along in agaonsing sadness. It's a little bit like '13 angels' from their last album, but even richer.
'Tho you are gone I still often walk w/you' sounds like something out of a horror film. It's the most haunting piece they've ever done, but probably the worst on this album, not that it's a bad thing. It just doesn't meet the standard of the rest.
'Could've moved mountains...' is the most gybe! influenced song on the album, with a mass of distorted guitars leading to a furious climax. I found the ending to this hard to listen to because all the distortion hurt my ears; it is very raucous and hard to listen to, but still great.
The last song though is nothing but pure magic. Beautifully sad vocals mixed with a distorted guitar and lush violins weeping away as Efrim rants: 'Musicians are cowards'.
This is one of the few albums that had legitimatly made me cry, cry with joy; the only other one being 'Lift your skinny fists...'. If you like that album or any other work by any other Constellation artists, you'll love this. Whether it's better than their first album or not is a matter of serious debate. Both have their own unique qualities to them.
But this is a soundtrack for the saddest day of your life.
So all hail Sisters(Sophie, Beckie, Jessica)! Brothers(Efrim, Thierry, Ian)! for otherwise we have surely lost our way.