A lighter - more up-beat album from their normal lot, but I find it is good all the same. They have clearly tried to expereiment with different and very difficult sounds ( which I would avoid with a cattle prod such as Exit Dream) but gereneally succeed in making something good and enjoyable to the point of vouiching for it. I have listened to this album alot and still can readily listen to abnd enjoy all of it - Though I will admit there is what appears to be an anti-Climax after Strange Steps that does not balance well with Red Moon Lagoon and leaves the rest of the album feeling hard to appreciate.
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.
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.
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.