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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. 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. 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. 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: 38 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. jamesl
    Feb 25, 2007
    10
    stunning
  2. LaurieA
    Aug 17, 2004
    10
    The best album i have ever heard! and i have heard many. They come up with the best parts that i thought i guitar could handle. I have their The best album i have ever heard! and i have heard many. They come up with the best parts that i thought i guitar could handle. I have their second Cd and that is just as good, i have also heard some of the stuff from their first album 'How strange, innocence' and every riff and loop i have heard have been great and peaceful. Keep it up guys From Laurie Expand
  3. MikeC
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    An incredible accomplishment, every song on the album is gold. It all just flows so perfectly.
  4. Jul 4, 2011
    10
    This is one of the most intense and emotional albums all time. It still gives me goosebumps after playing the album over and over again. ImoThis is one of the most intense and emotional albums all time. It still gives me goosebumps after playing the album over and over again. Imo the best post-rock band there is (: Expand
  5. SigurRos
    Oct 3, 2005
    10
    First breath after coma=perfection made song
  6. cocot
    Feb 10, 2007
    10
    This album makes me want to live and die at the same time.
  7. CodyD
    Jun 29, 2006
    0
    There's not even any words! How crappy is this.

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