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Yanqui U.X.O.

Godspeed You Black Emperor ! Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Montreal-based anarchist collective Godspeed You Black Emperor are responsible for making some of the most awe-inspiring symphonic music of the last decade--but on their fourth record, Yanqui U.X.O, it sounds as if the wind in their sails has dropped from a gale to a breeze. By no means has their resolve faltered: Godspeed are still dedicated to autonomy from a music industry they view as corrupt--witness the sleeve of Yanqui U.X.O, which features a pen-scrawled chart that financially links major record labels to arms manufacturers and the American military itself. But the music here--recorded, for the first time, with Chicago-based producer Steve Albini--lacks the inspiring climaxes and dramatic manifestos that characterised the band's earlier works. The second movement of "09-15-00" displays a serene, windswept beauty. But all too often, individual instruments--celestial guitar roar, keening violin, martial drum signatures--aren't given enough space to breathe, gelling into one characterless drone. And with no atmospheric field recordings to section up its five plodding orchestral passages, Yanqui U.X.O begins to feel like an awfully long 75 minutes. Only the closing "Motherfucker = Redeemer" finds the band hitting their stride, but by then, you're mute with surprise that Godspeed have turned out an album that's anything other than totally excellent. --Louis Pattison

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the nay sayers. June 20 2004
By jxst
Format:Audio CD
I can't figure out why people don't find this album as good as the Godspeed's others. In my opinion it easily stacks up to F#A#oo, which is my least favorite GYBE! release.
This seems to be the most guitar-driven album they've put out, but that's not a bad thing. The reverb and delay laden guitars as well as Efirm's tremoloed screwdriver guitar playing fit the band's compositions (they make compositions, not songs) perfectly.
Yanqui U.X.O. is a must have for any post-rock fan; don't miss out on it. 4.5 stars.
Standout tracks: Rockets Fall On Rocket Falls, Motherf***er=Redeemer (Part 2)
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With their fourth release, "Yanqui U.X.O.," Godspeed You Black Emperor takes a step away from vastly thick soundcapes, creating here a more dense, menacing sound that seems to loom ever closer to the listener rather than expanding outward. It's a different direction than their last record, and it works.
This also marks the band's most overtly political record to date. Those who have followed the group know that have strong political opinions, firmly anti-corporate and left-leaning. Here the song titles, the dire nature of the sound (especially in the context of world events), and the liner notes make it clear the band wants to speak. Yet this is instrumental music, and so, unlike when other bands decide they want to offer a message, listeners who are simply not interested will never find this increasing vocal stance intrusive. But it's there for the grabbing for those who want to know more or get involved.
Built upon layers of instrumentation by a band that is at times more than a dozen members strong, Godspeed You Black Emperor - Gybe for short - mix airy, noisy guitar with strings, sound collages, piano, chimes, and more. They take fairly simple musical themes and, using this vast array of sounds, build them up over a long period, morphing simple melodies until they metamorphosis into something wholly different. This isn't simply droning music. This is a journey.
One could liken Gybe records to soundtracks for films that have never been made. It's a description that works, because their routinely music conjures images. It's epic noise rock on a classical music scale.
But none of that does the sounds here justice. Trying to describe the music of Godspeed You Black Emperor is like trying to describe a dream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not quite as powerful as GYBE's others April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
... while u.x.o. is still great, it just doesnt live up to f#a#, antennas, or slow riot. theirs five tracks - 70 minutes long. GYBE is mainly great for their slow moving music at the beginning then having a big "CRASH!!!" sooner or later. u.x.o. doesn't catch all the thunder. still worth the buy to add to your collection, and has a booklet of other great post-rock bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Period. Dec 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
This disc takes you on an emotional, non-verbal adventure unparalelled by any I have ever heard. The beginning is so promising, the first track showing you hope for the future. Then, the bottom drops out and the album goes into a full out depression. This leads perfectly into the centerpiece of hte album, "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls" which gives you the feeling of urgency about the state of our world, and implies an explosive and crazy ending to it. This explosion leads into another grave lull that is track 4, which leads into a hopeful track 5. All of this hope contained in the music builds up more and more, you get the sense that it will explode into something great...and then it just ends. Just like that. That is a very general synopsis of how I experienced this CD, but to listen and absorb every little storyline containted in this masterpiece is an experience in and of itself, which will be different for each person that hears it. There are many subplots within the general story expressed by the music, and this art of storytelling has been almost perfected by this incredibly talented rock band from Canada. Buy this CD, it is one of the few that is worth the money. Then, turn of all the lights and put it on as soon as you get it, and just absorb the experience that it is, and enjoy the ride in your own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone put classical in my rock and roll. Dec 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
GY!BE are, simply put, putting out some of the finest music currently being produced. I won't overburden you with descriptions of their sound - you can get that elsewhere - but the music is epic. Anyone hearing this music in a movie would immediately go out and buy the soundtrack, but that's the beauty of GY!BE - you don't need visuals to appreciate the ghostly narrative. Good for people who like Pink Floyd, Beethoven, Can, and want to hear something truly unique.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Sad Truth Oct. 24 2003
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To all you folks out there thinking of buying this album - Think again. I'm a huge fan of all GY!BE albums besides this one. Those are your best bet. "Yanqui U.X.O." on the other hand, is a pile of boredom. The production is muddy and one-dimensional. The field recordings which boosted the magnificence and relevance of their earlier works is completely absent, the song structures are horribly predictable to anyone familiar with GY!BE and post-rock in general. But most of all, the music just isn't that great. Right in the middle of the album i got excited, because i thought it was about to get good. I was soon disappointed, and almost couldn't get through the whole thing.
Do yourself a huge favor and pick up "& Yet & Yet" or "Winter Hymn, Country Hymn, Secret Hymn" -- both vastly superior works by GY!BE's labelmates Do Make Say Think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Now
I'm baffled as to how anyone could not regard this as an advance over earlier GY!BE efforts. For one thing, they've jacked the menace element off the charts. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Jan P. Dennis
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not as strong...
I hate to admit it, but shouldn't these people be getting better as time passes? The first three albums, in my opinion, were great, but this one is... almost annoying. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by "orchisband"
1.0 out of 5 stars See it for what it is
There is nothing to this band's music. It is simply turgid and slow without being in the least hypnotic. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuuu....
G.Y.B.E. is quite an amazing assemblage of talent...regardless of how you feel about the "post-rock" era this album is stunning in its comlexity and subtle hints at a... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by Vince
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly powerful.
GY!BE defies a rational critique. This canadian nonet defies rational description. This album defies any other group of musicians on the planet to step up to the plate and try to... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2003 by TensionExperiment
4.0 out of 5 stars sublime and nail biting
I liked this alot more than 'lift your skinny...' and I'm glad they don't do the samplings and voice overdubs (as opposed to the other reviewer). This is more pure music. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Christopher C. Ruth
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing Album
This CD is not worth buying unless you're a completionist and already own all the other GSYBE CDs. The brilliant vocal samples are gone and so too is everything else that made... Read more
Published on July 30 2003 by C. Gates
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