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|Godspeed You! Black Emperor||Primary Artist, Band|
|Geof Bradfield||Bass Clarinet|
|Joshua Abrams||String Bass|
Posted October 1, 2010
This music should be a genre of it's own. It ranges from soft and lovely passages to climaxes full of raw power and devestation. Yanqui U.X.O. is Godspeed You! Black Emperor's fourth and newest album and a true work of brilliance. Lemme start off by saying that GY!BE is one of my all-time favorite bands. I own their entire discography and love every album. There isn't a thing I would change about their music. Their songs follow a similar pattern: take a soft melody and keep repeating it, but BUILD. Build up everything about that melody...the volume, the intensity, the denseness, the speed...absolutely everything. Yanqui U.X.O. follows this same pattern, and this style is working better than ever. But there are a few things different about this album than the rest. For one thing, they focus a lot more on guitars and a lot less on the violins, cellos, horns, bells, etc. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing. They simply use the other orchestra instruments to back up these multiple guitars. They use them to add to the atmosphere rather than using them as a driving force. Another thing about this album is that there aren't any sound clips able to be heard in it. On their previous albums, they had a lot of different noises blended in with their music...interviews, children singing merrily, new age preachers speaking, etc. Now it's just purely instrumentation. I'd say this album is an example of GY!BE at their best, but isn't their best album. I still think they deliver better on f#a#oo and Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada, but that's not to say that this isn't as good in every other aspect. One more thing about Godspeed - this is NOT truly rock music. It's more classical than anything, but it's hard to call a modern band classical, isn't it? If you like GY!BE but don't have this album, pick it up. If you're looking for a place to start, try Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven! (ironically my least favorite of their albums). But if you are a heavy listener of the stuff you hear on the radio and are looking for something like that, stay far away from this. GY!BE is not for everyone. I won't talk about any of the actual songs on this outstanding work of art. I'll leave it to you to listen to it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2008
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