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Born Into Trouble As the Spark
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|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|
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There is much to explore in Silver Mt Zion's Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upwards. The first movement ("Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats of Fire are Falling from the Sky!") is a lush, richly scored orchestral piece, with found sound loops and complex instrumentation all contributing to a truly uplifting, climatic dirge. The second movement is much slower, with more traditional rock elements--feedback, silence and discordant guitars--creeping in among the neo-classical instruments. It's the album's centrepiece track "Take These Hands and Throw Them in the River" which really astonishes, however-imperilled ricocheting vocals, violins wailing like The Dirty Three, suffocating atmosphere like Mogwai, lyrical paranoia, a pulsating beat, all building up to a tumultuous climax. After the storm comes the lull, with birds twittering and cooing, but the pace soon builds up again culminating in another climax of distortion and noise, a pop melody and a final arpeggio guitar. The message at the end is "Musicians are cowards". --Everett True
Top Customer Reviews
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.
A Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band comes closer to their formal connection with Godspeed You! Black Emperor with their second release. The original trio that comprised the band is here joined by three others, doubling the lineup, not to mention the guests on drums, trumpet, and trombone. The songs are still mainly centered around strings, however the orchestration is now much more dense (as opposed to the stark _He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms_). Like GY!BE, they are able to build to huge, rushing crescendos and sonically I suppose they are not so different. However, the overall tone of the music makes it an ENTIRELY different experience. I must quote another reviewer who said it very well: "There is strength in Godspeed's wordless soft/loud anthems. Here there is vulnerability, fear, and faith in secret beauty and tiny resistance."
"Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats of Fire Falling from the Sky!" and "Could've Moved Mountains..." are layers and layers of crisscrossing violins and guitars and other instruments sawing at each other for a tragic melody, both glacially shifting and hypotizingly textured. "Build then Burnt (Hurrah! Hurrah!)" is a slow, sad dirge.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
What's the point of this album? I started with a rhetorical question, and the music here sounds just like that; rhetorical and sophomoric. Silver Mt. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by oilforfood
It always amazes me to read other's reviews and refrences when it come's to the Post Rock genre. This record hints at the abyss and even begins to touch my soul with its soaring... Read morePublished on April 3 2004
I am into post-modern rock, have been for the last few months. I have recently bought everything from Mum to Explosions in the Sky. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Thaddeus Marcum
I found this album to be way too simple in structure and in approach. I will admit the sound is beautiful at times BUT because of excessive(DYI nothing special)repetition on... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Scyte100
owning every gybe! and fly pan am release i needed more and decided to buy this album. Hearing this was a breathe of fresh air. This cd is every bit as good as any gybe! release. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003
In all honesty, there are quite a few moments on this CD that I enjoy, but the more I listen to it, the more it rubs me the wrong way. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Shane Dignan
Sorry to say to my Austin TX dude below who wrote a review, this is not on the kranky record label but it is on the equally fantastic Constellation label. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by Paul Jansen
This is one of the handful of most important albums I've ever heard. Amazingly beautiful, it even slightly outdoes its predecessor. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2002 by Noel Pratt
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