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  • Summary: The Toronto, Canada-based quartet returns with a fourth LP of psychedelic post-rock instrumentals, divided, as the title suggests, into three movements.
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  1. Brilliant, shimmering and wonderfully composed, Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn is one of the best albums of year, and the best album GY!BE have never released.
  2. Heard once, the record is breathtaking for its emotional qualities. Heard twice, it begins to sound more and more like a brilliantly crafted classical chamber piece, with themes holding each of the hymns up to the same illuminating light.
  3. Easily the best work that the group has done.
  4. It seamlessly combines the choicest bits and bobbles of other acts into an overwhelming patchwork of sound and fury, but in the process, the band occasionally loses sight of their own identity.
  5. It’s a strong and dynamic step forward for the group and deserves to bring them a level of recognition commonly accorded their more famous Montréal label-mates.
  6. The whole affair is deeply involving, full of odd punctuations and wonderful non-linear compositional structures.
  7. The album becomes more experimental and confident as it progresses. [#236, p.59]

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  1. DeroA
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    bloody fantastic
  2. ToxicDude
    Oct 16, 2003
    10
    This album is my favourite album of the year.
  3. SorenBrothers
    Nov 14, 2003
    10
    Can't stop listening to this, better every time.
  4. MCahill
    Dec 26, 2003
    10
    Albums just don't come with this much willingness to exist. Urgent, positive, textured, astonishing.
  5. Hunter
    Jan 27, 2006
    10
    Amazing. A more jazz-inflected post-rock, resulting in a pastoral vibe not dissimilar to Boards of Canada. I'd say they're the best Amazing. A more jazz-inflected post-rock, resulting in a pastoral vibe not dissimilar to Boards of Canada. I'd say they're the best band in the world. & Yet & Yet is a little better, though. Expand
  6. brianj
    Mar 8, 2007
    10
    Best album I've heard in a while. Will take you through most every emotion.