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. 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. 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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  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Joe
    Feb 18, 2005
    10
    A very awesome indeed. I have heard a lot of claims that Godspeed is rather pretentious. I don't think this can be true because they are A very awesome indeed. I have heard a lot of claims that Godspeed is rather pretentious. I don't think this can be true because they are so loyal to their beliefs and would never sell out. Expand
  2. ChrissyF.
    Aug 17, 2002
    10
    This is post rock at its best. I cannot find a single flaw .. it is almost too good to be heavenly.
  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. chadn
    Dec 16, 2005
    10
    i have been listening to this CD for two years and it never gets old.
  5. Oct 26, 2012
    10
    This album is like an incredible film score to a movie that I wish I could be part of. It's such a roller-coaster of so many differentThis album is like an incredible film score to a movie that I wish I could be part of. It's such a roller-coaster of so many different emotions that it reminds of the apocalypse and the dawn of time at the same time. It is impossible within this genre to appeal to everybody's tastes, but I implore anyone looking for a challenging piece of music to at least give Lift Your Skinny Fists a try. It's hard to fault Godspeed's ambition whether you like the album or not. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2015
    10
    Perfect album. Captures emotion so well. Feel everything from tension to uplift. From tragedy to excitement. This album has lasted 15 yearsPerfect album. Captures emotion so well. Feel everything from tension to uplift. From tragedy to excitement. This album has lasted 15 years easily and is a modern masterpiece. Expand
  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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