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  • Summary: This five-song album is the second release from the Austin, Texas instrumental quartet known for their fierce live shows.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The tones and the story told -- wordlessly throughout -- are exquisite.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    It seems like ideal film-soundtrack music, except that its gargantuan beauty would probably overwhelm any image you'd match it to. [Listen 2 This supplement, Dec 2003, p.18]
  3. Uncut
    90
    A formidable demonstration of what can still be done with guitars. [Jan 2004, p.114]
  4. Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering.
  5. Most of all, though, what we find ourselves thinking of when enjoying 'The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place' - and, rest assured, readers, it's an enjoyable experience right the way through - is the magical spangliness that elevated the Cocteau Twins from absolutely all of their more ghettoised contemporaries way back when.
  6. One of the most impressive aspects of The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is that it feels constantly in flux, growing and transforming with every note.
  7. Blender
    40
    The quartet fills out the album by executing almost eactly the same formula [as the first track] four more times... and the dramatic shock wears off quickly. [Jan 2004, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 43
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 43
  3. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. JadeM.
    Sep 22, 2007
    10
    A fantastic exploration of death and its aftermath, the birth of society and its aftermath. Glorious and grandiose, harsh and harmonious, A fantastic exploration of death and its aftermath, the birth of society and its aftermath. Glorious and grandiose, harsh and harmonious, intense and intriguing. This is a perfect album of contrasts, one song after another. Highlight songs are tracks 3 and 4. Expand
  2. EricD
    Dec 8, 2005
    10
    The bombast and instrumentation of Mogwai meets the compositions and epic nature of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Perfect. No time is wasted The bombast and instrumentation of Mogwai meets the compositions and epic nature of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Perfect. No time is wasted on techinca noisel wankery or unrecognizable vocal snippets. Expand
  3. MikeC
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    An incredible accomplishment, every song on the album is gold. It all just flows so perfectly.
  4. Feb 10, 2014
    10
    This is by far the best instrumental album I have listened to. The sounds ebb and flow like the ocean, sometimes gently caressing the beach,This is by far the best instrumental album I have listened to. The sounds ebb and flow like the ocean, sometimes gently caressing the beach, and sometimes crashing against the rocks at full force. The timing between melancholia and passion is perfect. Expect an emotional post-rock symphony :) Expand
  5. AndyW
    Nov 19, 2005
    10
    The whole album is a real masterpiece. Not only does the emotion and the production stand out, but there is not one single weak track on this The whole album is a real masterpiece. Not only does the emotion and the production stand out, but there is not one single weak track on this record. Every song is an outstanding piece, and they've blown my mind in so many ways. It's even so hard to try and pick the best song off it, because every song is well done in their own way. Explosions In the Sky will always be remembered for this outstanding record. Expand
  6. Jan 17, 2012
    10
    Throughout this album the first time I listened to it I felt nostalgic, cathartic, and even on the verge of tears. It has remained a part ofThroughout this album the first time I listened to it I felt nostalgic, cathartic, and even on the verge of tears. It has remained a part of my life since. Expand
  7. CodyD
    Jun 29, 2006
    0
    There's not even any words! How crappy is this.

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