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Those Who Tell the Truth...,
This review is from: Take Care Take Care Take Care (Audio CD)
Whereas Explosions In the Sky's first record; 'Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever' often explodes into cathartic maelstrom and 'The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place' builds tension and apprehension into crests of pure release, 'Take Care' seems almost content. They're simply playing what they know with their hearts and as a consequence, the music therein sounds utterly effortless and each segment flows beautifully into the next with ease and classy precision.
That chiming guitar interplay and rising anxious string work is unique to them and is played out beautifully throughout the album, yet they don't rely as heavily on it as they have done in the past. 'Take Care' is more varied; 'Human Qualities' uses an electronic drum pattern at the beginning, 'Trembling Hands' is much faster and more frantic than anything they've written, 'Be Comfortable, Creature' uses an ebow to great effect. All these new and varied elements serve to make 'Take Care' Explosions' most varied album and therefore up there with their most memorable work.
Explosions have once again crafted a beautiful instrumental rock album. It's not as cathartic as their first and it's not going to top '...Cold Dead Place' as their "go-to" album but there are genuinely no other bands that are as good as Explosions at what they do and any new music by them is received as a breath of fresh air.
'Take Care' isn't a perfect album mind you, and critics would argue that they're somewhat a one trick pony, but when the trick is this mesmerising, I don't care in the slightest.