Yanqui U.X.O. [VINYL]
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It never zooms along at high speed, but crawls, not too slowly, but still crawls, and this all adds to the amazing effect of GYBE. You can feel emotion distilled in the music, everything that comes out from it comes with pure emotion. And the fact that these songs were written to portray wars just adds to that effect. You can almost imagine the armies marching along and then when all the music finally comes together they're commensing battle, and then it dies down and the battle is over, but only one side is victorious, but there is something calm about the victory. All these portrayed by music. It's just simply amazing.
If you like music to be short songs, don't buy this. If you like long, beautiful instrumental masterpieces buy this now. You won't regret it. This was my first GYBE buy after hearing one song off a previous album, and I cannot get enough of it.
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.Read more ›
This music is IMMENSE. The pieces all exceed twenty minutes and as such they move slowly and develop gradually. It generally adheres to the same structural formula: quiet > build up > build up more > keep building up > smash > huge, thunderous, loud > fade away > start again. Okay, so some might say that they find that somewhat boring and samey after a while. I don't. I love it. It's a tried and tested formula that always produces amazing results. For heaven's sake, sex is pretty repetitive! It always follows the same pattern, but not many people find themselves starting to get kinda bored with THAT do they?
The work done by the orchestral instruments on this album is absolutely brilliant and combines with the guitars, drums, etc to create some gorgeous, fascinating landscapes. Lie in a dimly lit room with your eyes closed and this coarsing through your headphones and let it wash through you... Mwwwaaaaaaaahaaahahahaaaaa! Heavenly. Yanqui U.X.O. is full of every kind of surprise: harmonic, rhythmic, melodic... I don't believe I shall ever get bored of this album, it's just so incomprehensible.Read more ›
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It's fantastic. I'm a newcomer to the Godspeed party, and I've only heard two albums so far (this one and Asunder) but I'm so impressed. Wonderfully powerful music.Published 14 months ago by Bill Bones
In my opinion this album does not fall behind albums like F#A# or Skinny Fists, it's simply mind-blowing. Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls is probably my favourite GY! Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by Pawel Kekus
This album was the soundtrack to the build-up and execution of the Iraq war in 2002-2003 and I remember associating the news reports, debate and protest of the time with listening... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2012 by dolomiti
There's no doubt these guys can make moving music that has real depth and feeling that will take months if not years to explore properly.... just beware. Read morePublished on 19 May 2007 by Roy Smith
RI am an admirer of all Godspeed's albums but I left purchasing `Yanqui UXO' until last, not through any desire for chronology but simply because I had perceived from reviews that... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2006 by D. Newton
Okay, I won't bore you by saying things like "This album is definitely different" (i've done enough of that in the review title), because that's what's been said in pretty much... Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2006 by Alan
Very very interesting music. Montreal at its finest. It builds up slowly like a crescendo. Reminds me of Moris Ravel (in rock form). Very good I recommend it to all.Published on 18 Oct. 2005 by Marios Guevara
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada was a full blown rock out, F#A#OO was tense nihilism and Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven was orchestral-rock. Read morePublished on 22 July 2004