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  • Summary: The indie rock quartet led by music producer Jace Lasek and his wife Olga releases its second album on the Jagjaguwar label.
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  1. on their third album, the combination of Canadian indie (Broken Social Scene), psychedelic ’60s rock (Love), cosmic ’70s pop (ELO) and shoegaze (Ride) is nothing short of beautiful.
  2. Are The Roaring Night is by no means a perfect record, and there are minor flaws to stand alongside the frequent moments of brilliance, but what cannot be questioned is how skilled they are at shaping layers of sound to form an enveloping whole, with each overlapping texture or shifting tempo plunging the listener further and further into the darkness.
  3. A ten track album sequenced as two sides, with short introductory ambient noise pieces in slots one and six, the tracks drone on long and stand tall together, creating a monolithic listening experience which feels both constantly building and already there.
  4. The Besnard Lakes roll note after note, moment after moment, song after song that build in anticipation, spectacle, and beauty. [Winter 2010, p.62]
  5. The Besnard Lakes amp up the energy with a more guitar-driven approach on third album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night. But this added vigor doesn't distract from the rock band's more familiar fare of gentle vocal deliveries and downplayed drums.
  6. The moments between these wonderfully huge rock songs, where they try to pull out the tension in scant atmosphere, can drag on a bit as the record moves, if only because we know the size that follows them will be so damned engaging.
  7. Call it Sigur Rós meets Supertramp in the end, perhaps most especially on the penultimate number, "Light Up the Night," with its keyboard-led opening moving into a slow sweet-sounding swagger of an arrangement thanks again to a big beat and guitar chug, but the signs of that kind of sonic grandness, if not full on grandiosity, abound.

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  1. Feb 26, 2014
    More of a continuation of ...Are The Dark Horse than a stand alone LP, but still strong enough to warrant a high rating due to its ambitiousMore of a continuation of ...Are The Dark Horse than a stand alone LP, but still strong enough to warrant a high rating due to its ambitious to blend more electronic sounds into their epic compositions, and swapping gleaming bright in their storytelling for ominousness. It weaves in a slightly different light, but is within the same realm. Expand

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