Explosions in the Sky - album review (5 stars)


All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone


(Bella Union)

Girls’n’stuff bothereth not Texas post-rock rangers Explosions in the Sky. On their fourth long player, they have infinitely more important thematic fish to fry.
Take opener, ‘The Birth and Death of the Day’ for instance, eight minutes of seismic drums and celestial guitars so earth-shakingly massive it could have been on God’s iPod the week of Genesis. Or ‘Catastrophe and the Cure’, another eight minute wonder so tremblingly gorgeous and insistent it’s like the musical manifestation of the phrase: ‘why can’t everybody just get along?’
This is truly a record with a higher purpose. Stand back and enjoy the fireworks.

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