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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. 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. Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven is a massive, achingly beautiful work, alternately elegiac and ferocious. However, Lift plays like an oddly transitional album: much of the first disc presents a refinement of the sound that crystallized on the Slow Riot EP, while the second disc flirts with moments of vertiginous shoegazing, looser rock drumming and reckless crescendos of unalloyed noise. Succinctly, the first disc is easily continuous with their earlier work; the second disc might just be the future.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    It's exquisitely constructed sound with a sharp punk edge and an anarchist's ear for chaos. [#48, p.92]
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. damon
    Jun 20, 2004
    perfect! nothing else to say.
  2. SteveC.
    Oct 14, 2001
    In a thousand years, music will sound like this. in a million years, the world will sound like this.
  3. LukeC
    Aug 16, 2009
    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. ZapMan
    Nov 16, 2005
    The GREATEST record of all time. Sleep is the simply the best "song" in the universe. I just can't live without this truly exceptional work of art. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2012
    Absolutely mind blowing. GY!BE is able to craft some of the most intense, beautiful, and melancholy tracks ever recorded. A must own for anyone with an open mind and a penchant for plain good music. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2014
    This record makes sweet love with my ears. "Gathering Storm" is outstanding. Efrim Menuck and co. managed to make a record that sounds amazing every time you hear it. Expand
  7. naveedSultan
    Jul 9, 2007
    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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