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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 146 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 10 out of 146

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  1. JamesR.
    Nov 7, 2001
    10
    listen
  2. ArmandT
    Nov 5, 2006
    10
    Perhaps the greatest album of all time. There is no other band like Godspeed and there never will be.
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Jun 8, 2004
    10
    The defining instrumental rock LP that no one will ever top. Listen and be blown away.
  4. 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 years easily and is a modern masterpiece.
  5. 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 feels like an honour.
  6. ii
    Jan 11, 2008
    5
    I fell asleep while listening
  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 in the Sky. I don't think i'll be able to grow into it.
  8. friedchicken
    Oct 14, 2007
    10
    How can something be beautiful/hopeful yet be apocalyptic staffan? anyways, great album. best post rock album ever.
  9. DavidC
    Jul 6, 2007
    10
    Just the most astonishingly beautiful album ever released.
  10. SteveC.
    Oct 14, 2001
    10
    In a thousand years, music will sound like this. in a million years, the world will sound like this.
  11. HelimO
    Oct 14, 2002
    10
    Whola! Listen to this!
  12. DanG.
    Sep 19, 2002
    9
    This album makes me want to cry... pure beauty and horror over 80 minutes.
  13. wo
    May 9, 2004
    10
    10 it!!
  14. AViewAM
    Nov 2, 2006
    10
    I'd been listening to this album in awe for two straight years. Then I saw it on vinyl in a little record store in Victoria. Needless to say, I snapped it up. Best. Album. Ever.
  15. Staffan
    Sep 6, 2007
    10
    The most beautiful, apocalyptic and hopeful record ever made. The record really helps when the world just feels cold. This is gonna be my favourite album forever and ever.
  16. HéctorO
    Dec 19, 2001
    10
    this album will change your life
  17. PauvoB.
    Aug 14, 2001
    10
    One of the best albums ever made! This is what music is all about.
  18. AdC.
    Jun 14, 2002
    10
    Listen. You can hear them marching from the other side. Soon they will be with us and the world will shake. Or, they are the greatest band on the planet. No one comes close to their constant challenge of beauty and so-called progress. Come the end, I'm on their side.
  19. robertom
    Oct 24, 2003
    10
    this is the most increadible album ever made by these guys!!!
  20. damon
    Jun 20, 2004
    10
    perfect! nothing else to say.
  21. IsraelB
    Oct 16, 2005
    10
    Breathtaking beautiful.
  22. chadn
    Dec 16, 2005
    10
    i have been listening to this CD for two years and it never gets old.
  23. DaniiC
    Apr 19, 2005
    10
    It's ridiculous, indescribably beautiful, and something that must be checked out by the individual. reccommended by a friend with excellent taste ^__~
  24. JonL
    Nov 4, 2006
    10
    Oh man, albums like this are what make wading through hours of modern indie rock mediocrity worth the plunge. Full of eerie dissonance, deeply moving sections of pure, organic, rollicking emotion, and a bottomless melancholy both hopeful and apocalyptic, nostalgic and foreboding. Insanely, insanely beautiful and human. Possibly the album of the decade.
  25. BB
    Aug 12, 2006
    10
    I've never felt so moved by instrumental music. It continually surprises me and makes my body churn with inspiration each time I listen.
  26. 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 accolades. "Transcendent" is not too strong a word to describe it.
  27. ChrisR
    Oct 6, 2007
    7
    Holy crap! It's Sigur Ros on heroin! (Or should I say more heroin???) Way to go you crazy French Canucks!
  28. FrankC
    Jan 31, 2008
    8
    I had this composition for at least three now and evertime I listen to it a new layer of it is discovered. I usually stop dead in my tracks when it kicks in. Great music and blows away guest when they least expect it
  29. nicom.
    Dec 14, 2001
    9
    i am very critic about music but this is soooooooooooo good en full of brilliant stuff: this is music in his strict form and a standard for other POST-ROCK bands after MOGWAI WE HAVE A TRUE WINNER.
  30. Jerry
    Dec 30, 2002
    10
    It's truly mesmerizing (in a good way) -- very inspiring and emotionally uplifting; fell in love with this album since the first day I've heard it
  31. 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.
  32. Dan
    Feb 13, 2003
    10
    Whoa. This album is one of the most brilliant and beutiful things ive ever heard in my life. It is HANDS down the best album of 2000 and itll take some hard compition to overthrow it as the best album of the decade (well "Thought for Food" by the Books almost touches it in the Beuty Factor) and without hyperbole.........This is one of the best albums ever made (and probably the 2nd most Whoa. This album is one of the most brilliant and beutiful things ive ever heard in my life. It is HANDS down the best album of 2000 and itll take some hard compition to overthrow it as the best album of the decade (well "Thought for Food" by the Books almost touches it in the Beuty Factor) and without hyperbole.........This is one of the best albums ever made (and probably the 2nd most overlooked) Expand
  33. StianM
    May 12, 2003
    10
    This album is just incredible. The more quiet parts are just beautiful, and the harder parts will blow you away. Can they ever make a better album than this?
  34. DomS.
    Aug 12, 2003
    10
    I came across this album with no knowledge of the band, let alone progressive rock. It defines the genre, hands down. Efraim can be a pretentious bastard all he wants as long as he keeps this up.
  35. ZapMan
    Nov 16, 2005
    10
    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.
  36. 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 so loyal to their beliefs and would never sell out.
  37. bend
    Feb 15, 2006
    9
    extreamly emotional and moving. however, its not perfect. the songs tend to spend too much time building up and the payoffs are over much too quickly. despite this fact, this is still very beautiful and needs to be listened to by everyone who enjoys music.
  38. Jul 29, 2015
    10
    As i sit in my room, i stare blanking at the piece of paper, it reads, "who am I", i continue to stair blankly, the walls feel as if they are closing in, its as if im drowning, i cant breath, i whimper for help...no one hears.... Im dying, oh god this is it, im dying, my mind twists and turns, i see, and feel myself slowly fading in and out. The room is on fire, ohhh god the children i seeAs i sit in my room, i stare blanking at the piece of paper, it reads, "who am I", i continue to stair blankly, the walls feel as if they are closing in, its as if im drowning, i cant breath, i whimper for help...no one hears.... Im dying, oh god this is it, im dying, my mind twists and turns, i see, and feel myself slowly fading in and out. The room is on fire, ohhh god the children i see them suffer, i hear there screams of agony, is this a delusion, is this just the harsh reality if which i live in, i feel so hollow, my body, ever so limp, i need to get out, have to escape, but, i can't, im trapped within this reality, there is no hope, no pleasure, all there is is nothing, absolutely nothing.

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  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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 aThis 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
  42. 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/
  43. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    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.
  44. 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 about it, and it was literally jaw-droppingly amazing!
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Godspeed's records will either blow your head off or leave you shrugging, depending on where your personal quest for freedom is taking you.
  2. Unwinds slowly, slipping between ghosted noise-and-field-recording passages and the sustained explosions of big, bombastic caterwaul that have become Godspeed's signature sound.
  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.