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  • Audio CD (Nov. 19 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Unidisc Music
  • ASIN: B00006RJ1I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. 09-15-00
2. 09-15-00
3. rockets fall on Rocket Falls
4. motherfucker=redeemer
5. motherfucker=redeemer

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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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Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on Dec 29 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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The best music takes the listener on a journey to other times and places, brings to mind images, sensations, emotions, feelings, etc. Godspeed certainly succeeds at this. Track 1: Haunting, nightmarish images come to mind of some dreary black-and-white early 1960's movie about Coney Island. Images of the amusement park, roller coasters, fun house, freak shows, carnival hawkers, neon lights at night all come to the fore. Track 2: Droning ambient noises. I picture a scene, again in black-and-white, of a depressed psychotic wandering about aimlessly in the streets of New York City on a dark, rainy night. Neon lights and buildings come in and out of focus and although there is heavy traffic, he is oblivious as the noisy-music streams of sounds of his inner world completely drown out the outside world. Track 3: Best track on the album. Produces an exhilarating sensation of soaring in an airplane which is careening out of control high above the earth. The middle section slows down to Native-American-style war drums, only to return to the soaring, careening-out-of-control flying among the clouds. As the war drums continue beneath the music, I can alternatively picture being in a B-52 bomber flying over enemy territory ready to drop its cargo. Finally it all explodes into an Umma-Gumma-era-Pink-Floyd-style musical orgasm. Track 4: Noisy tinkering evolves into a shifting, jittery musical piece creating a sensation of uneasiness. This fades away to more dreary noise-music which brings to mind scenes of devastation and destruction across an abyssmal landscape after bombs have been dropped. The end gets melodic and hopeful and I see a few flowers blooming amidst the rubble. Track 5: Aggressiveness, dissonance, chaos and confusion.Read more ›
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It's sad that Sigur Ros ended up being the poster children of post-rock. The rightfull heirs to the post-rock sell out should be that of Mogwai or Gy!be. Too bad both want nothing to do with the coined term "success".
This may be one of the greatest albums ever made. I recommend this album over that of "Lift Your Skinny Fists..." as well. it just seems to be more "relevant". Gy!be are not about fame or fortune, they are about politics and emotion.
Also, fair warning, there are no lyrics on this album. Unlike Mogwai or Sigur Ros, Gy!be do not have a vocalist. They are squatters from Montreal who live in an abandoned train yard... they choose not to express themselves so directly through words but rather through the way they live. If you can't understand what they are trying to say by their dark, somber music and "conspiracy theorey shouting" album covers then you do not deserve to own this album. This isn't social sattire; this is reality.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Yanqui (Yankee) U.X.O. (Unexploded Ordnance). Figure the rest out for yourself.
This is the musical score for the up and coming downfall of man. Previews for this live event can be found at a local Presidential Administration near you. Own it on DVD or VHS today.
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