The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Placeby Explosions in the Sky
Explosions in the Sky's second effort takes a more studied, even lush approach to the literate chaos of their 2001 debut. But put on your sad sack thinking cap now, because Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is a contemplative and heady rush of masterful melancholia. Its six songs are multi-minute, slow motion workouts of gentle electric guitar plucks and subtle/sudden washes of percussion -- they're still instrumental, but as lyrical as anything in the indie rock universe. "Only Moment We Were Alone" turns on a simple, melancholy guitar figure, the drums shifting from insistent catch-up mode to a studied march built to introduce the next layered crescendo. Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering. "Memorial" is the album's meditative heart. It begins so quietly, reduced to brittle landscapes of tone. Lightly chiming guitars drift in, like the echoes of church bells off in narrow city streets. Then, like each of the album's movements, it surges forward in a rush, like the overtures of Sonic Youth separated, dried, and ultimately lengthened in the blistering Texas sun. The final blast of distortion and staccato drumming is Earth at full bittersweet bluster. "Your Hand in Mine" ends things as they began, with a pair of determined guitars picking out a melody that's both pretty and pretty damn heartbreaking.
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Performance CreditsExplosions in the Sky Primary Artist
Christopher Hrasky Track Performer,Group Member
Munaf Rayani Track Performer,Group Member
Michael James Track Performer,Group Member
Technical CreditsJohn Congleton Engineer
Christopher Hrasky Composer
Munaf Rayani Composer
Esteban Rey Artwork
Michael James Composer
Mark Smith Composer
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Explosions in the Sky's sophomore effort, "The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place" will leave you in tears. The mood this masterpiece creates is one of both beauty and triumph. (Works best if listened to in the dark confines of one's room, or taking a long drive up the coast after midnight.)--Rex443
Although it may sound strange, the only reason I ever checked out Explosions in the Sky is because I liked their band name. I did some research on them and came to the conclusion that this would be the best starter album, so I went out and bought it. And let me tell you, I was thrilled beyond belief when I first listened to it. Explosions in the Sky has a magical way of blending beautiful arpeggios together to make some of the most simple yet amazing music ever. They focus mainly on their two interlocking guitars, but sometimes there is a wave of percussion that joins in to make it even more spectacular. I've never been in a bad mood when I've listened to this album from start to finish. I really couldn't possibly rank the songs off of it, but I do believe I have a favorite, which is Your Hand in Mine, which is in my opinion the most beautiful song I've ever heard. It takes your mind to different places...it makes you feel like your somewhere else. Like laying in a field gazing at the stars, or spending time with someone special, or driving along the beach alone at night. It's something that I cannot explain very well, so you'll just have to go out and buy this album. If you like any type of post-rock, check these guys out. You won't be disappointed.
Perhaps one of the best albums of late, Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place paints the picture of a haunting ballad of heartful contemplation. From the first song, First Breath After Coma, the listener is struck with the profundity of what they are listening to, and a sense of forthcoming not felt on many other records. THe Procussion Progression does not take a frontline appearance in this release, yet beautifully compliments Explosion's increasingly beautiful and unique guitarwork. This album can break your heart and rebuild it within its 45 or so minute span. Extremely Reccomended!
Friday Night Lights is what orignally turned me on to Explosions in the Sky. I don't usually like bands that don't have lyrics, but something about EieS is just amazingly awesome. They seem to remind me of the Strokes, just slower (and of course no lyrics.)
After about a year of hearing great things about this band I finally bought this cd to see for myself. I was not disappointed. In fact, just the opposite. I'm happy to say that I've a new favorite band for the time being. This band is worth hearing.