Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven Image
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  • Summary: The second proper album from the Canadian instrumentalists consists of four independent works(each 18-22 minutes long).... yes, that's 2 songs per CD.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    A massive instrumental effort, as skilled and musical as it is on-the-fly improvised and messy. Seamlessly blending sonic experiments with live group interactions, godspeed saunter through these four extended pieces with ease. [#150, p.94]
  2. Essentially, you get one disc on which Godspeed You Black Emperor tinkers with their sound a little bit, and one on which they deliver exactly what you've been expecting. That's a good mix.
  3. Not only has the group taken their sound and refined it even more, but even the ambient soundscapes and parts between the actual songs are more well constructed.
  4. 80
    From the double album's first echoes of guitar and strings to its droning denouement, godspeed you black emperor! creates a musical soundscape that alternates between flashes of sonic brilliance and moments of quiet ecstasy.
  5. Godspeed's records will either blow your head off or leave you shrugging, depending on where your personal quest for freedom is taking you.
  6. Godspeed's 1999 knockout Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP is a more manageable dose for beginners, but music this audacious and ambitious needs to be heard regardless of the challenges it presents.
  7. The Wire
    50
    On earlier releases, the traces of anger, sorrow or despair rippling through the found voices seeded roaring rock improvisations that empathetically rooted and resisted the calamities visited upon them. But the improvising on [Skinny Fists] falls within beat parameters too tightly determined to generate any really useful dissonance. [#200, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. IsraelB
    Oct 16, 2005
    10
    Breathtaking beautiful.
  2. wo
    May 9, 2004
    10
    10 it!!
  3. LukeC
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    This album is unlike any other. It is utterly timeless, an instant masterpiece and clearly will always be a masterpiece. Having this album This album is unlike any other. It is utterly timeless, an instant masterpiece and clearly will always be a masterpiece. Having this album feels like an honour. Expand
  4. Kanada
    Sep 7, 2006
    10
    One of those albums that, if people had any taste, would be lauded for years with all sorts of musical, personal, and even spiritual One of those albums that, if people had any taste, would be lauded for years with all sorts of musical, personal, and even spiritual accolades. "Transcendent" is not too strong a word to describe it. Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2016
    10
    Amazing album! If I could give this album higher than a 10, I would. I finally listened to this album after hearing so much good stuff aboutAmazing album! If I could give this album higher than a 10, I would. I finally listened to this album after hearing so much good stuff about it, and it was literally jaw-droppingly amazing! Expand
  6. BenjaminBunny
    Jun 8, 2004
    10
    The defining instrumental rock LP that no one will ever top. Listen and be blown away.
  7. naveedSultan
    Jul 9, 2007
    3
    I can't figure out why everyone thinks this album is mind blowing, I honestly beleive it's waaaaaay behind Sigur Ros and Explosions I can't figure out why everyone thinks this album is mind blowing, I honestly beleive it's waaaaaay behind Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky. I don't think i'll be able to grow into it. Expand

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