|1. Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats Of Fire Are Falling From The Sky!|
|2. This Gentle Hearts Like Shot Bird's Fallen|
|3. Built Then Burnt (Hurrah! Hurrah!)|
|4. Take These Hands And Throw Them In The River|
|5. Could've Moved Mountains|
|6. Tho You Are Gone I Still Often Walk With You|
|7. C'mon Come On (Lose An Endless Longing)|
|8. The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes|
the album gives a great artwork in the paper CD case, and also some disturbing notes. the album starts out with "Sisters! brothers! small boats of fire are falling from the sky!!" which is easily the best on the whole album. giving you such a unique sound you don't know how the hell they did it (just like GY!BE's "motherf@#ker=redeemer part one" on Yanqui UXO). and some disturbing song (built then burnt! hurrah! hurrah!) with a young girl talking gibberish. Yes, the terrible singing is back from the one-track vocaled on "movie (never made)" on their debut. theres more vocals on these album... this is the bad part. but the album has beautiful names for the songs such as "could've moved mountains" and "tho you are gone... i still w/ you". and then the album ends long and sweet with "the triumph of our tired eyes".
the problem is, the album... wait, the WHOLE band is all stripped-down from Godspeed You Black Emperor. yes, i do highly recommend anything from A Silver Mount Zion, but please to not expect the epic and beauty of what GY!BE has.
As in, like, primal alienation.
No. After all, what're these boyz after? Easy to deconstruct; not so easy to reconstruct.
But, I'm thinking, So what?
We're in Postmodern Times, right? Anyone who can sustain a cogent narrative has the right to do so.
Musically, they're plowing new territory: legato, strings-based, neo-romanticism, pretty gorgeously rendered, despite its declamatorily in-your-face vibe.
Can all this ravishment be parlayed into some kind of politically coherent statement?
But isn't that beside the point?
Isn't the musical disclosure enough?
But, perhaps, it's all we've got.
Perhaps A Silver Mt. Zion is a musical amalgam out of which will arise, will surface, a new aesthetic, a new politics, a new morality.
But don't count on it.
Nevertheless, alienation on the half-shell has never been soooo attractive.
I'm a fan, if not one won over by their nihilistic cheer.
This cd is so expressive and emotional. The juxtapostion is like nothing I've heard before. If they didn't have such strong convictions, the greatest symphonies in the world would be opening for them. The classical music world would recognize this album as the next step in music innovation.
I would have been upset if this would have been another GYBE cd, but its not, its totally original. While I love GYBE, it would have just made me mad if they started another band just like it. That is totally not the case here.
The only flaw that I can even consider is on "take these hands and throw them in the river" it seems the songs builds and builds and then goes into to simple of a chorus. I see the song building and building and exploding into something as complex as that of the 2nd to the last track on the introduction to the second part. But that flaw is just simply my opinion, still one of the best records of all time.