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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
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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. 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: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    10
    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
  2. 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 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
  3. Apr 3, 2013
    10
    A truly intense, remarkable music experience, perfect in its own way and genre. /Reminds me of Syberberg's films somehow, especially Hitler: A Film from Germany/ Expand
  4. Apr 17, 2013
    10
    If there is any word that best sums up this album, it's "Monumental". I've almost never heard a more complex and fascinating record in my life. You'll notice something every listen. Even the static and ambiance will grow on you like crazy. Expand

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