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Thank God(speed) They Are Back...,
This review is from: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Audio CD)
I have long been a fan of Godspeed, ever since I picked up a copy of their album F#A# based on a magazine review and was first captivated by this strange sound-scape. Sometimes impenetrable, creepy, hostile and driving, it ushered me into a new world of post-rock, populated by the likes of Mogwai, A Silver Mt. Zion, et al.
This album is possibly even better than that in my opinion. I'd also go out on a whim and say that it is one of their more accessible pieces of work. Although two of the songs are six times the length of your average pop tune, they are broken up into 'acts', filled to bursting with melodic hooks, key changes and a mighty, rumbling, cavernous energy.
Mladic is a real stomper that bursts in on you with immediacy. Huge riffs do their best to stifle the desperate cries of the orchestra, whilst a drummer - channeling the ghost of Keith Moon - doesn't so much simply keep time as beat the merry hell out of their kit. Their Helicopters Sing is a hissing, industrial piece that perfectly sets the tone for We Drift Like Worried Fire. Worried Fire starts off paranoid and haunted. If it was a person, it'd be sleeping under a railway bridge hiding from a terrible secret. As the drums kick in however, the song appears to grow wings and beat them furiously against the darkness. The paranoia returns around the mid-point, but by now this beast is in full voice and the violins soar majestically again at some sort of redemption. By the time of Strung Like Lights At Thee Printemps Erable, we're exhausted and feeling the after effects of what has come before, like the white noise of a television echoing the Big Bang.
Let's hope this isn't the last we've heard of Godspeed; although if this does turn out to be a final swansong it is one hell of a closing chapter.