Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Happy to report that Dustin's back for another round, and stoked on the recent release from Explosions. Check back later this week for another ES special guest.
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Hate to admit it, but this is one of those bands it's pained me to see blow up. I've been devout since their album, "Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die," before Friday Night Lights brought them a bunch of cringeworthy boppy teens thinking they are having some divine revelation after sneaking weed into the audience and just letting go, man. THIS BAND IS LIKE….AHH MAN I CAN'T EVEN PUT IT INTO WORDS. sigh. (And I'm the guy who can't appreciate when good bands get their due. sigh again.)
Critics have been tired of post-rock since the mid 2000's, giving "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone" pretty mediocre reviews, when it is in fact a stellar album all the way through. My top of 2007 actually, but that may be because I moved out West and did, ahem, miss everyone.
It's good to see Explosions sticking to what they know best with another solid effort. "Let Me Back In" is a step forward for the Texas group, with a voice sample (?!), and a groove beat instead of a march (!), which crescendos into some brilliance. "Trembling Hands" has an angular Interpol-type guitar (!), more voices (!), and is only three and a half minutes long (!). Some crazy firsts, for them. But this is still an Explosions album. 6 songs, each cryptically named. Massive energy built around lulls. Cohesive throughout. If you like Explosions, and can get over the need to hear something completely boundary-pushing from them, you won't be disappointed. This fits nicely into their catalogue.
Explosions In The Sky // Let Me Back In