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Born Into Trouble As the Spark

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 23 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Unidisc Music
  • ASIN: B00005Q62R
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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...but also expanding the sound. back in 2000, former Godspeed you! Black emperor members formed a side-project band called "A silver mount zion"... or "the silver mt. zion memorial orchestra and the tral-la-la band"... or "the silver mt. zion reveries". phew! a year after their incredible debut "He has left us but shafts of light sometimes grace the corner of our rooms", they release their next release, "Born into trouble as sparks fly upward". increasing the number of bands, and more long running song most reaching ten minutes.
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.
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A casual perusal of the liner notes reveals that the lads are pretty hacked off.
As in, like, primal alienation.
Justifiably so?
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?
Probably not.
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.
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I have given many rave reviews on amazon, while some deserved it, none hold a candle to this record. This record is truly a masterpiece. the harmonies are ridiculously mind blowing. After i compared this cd to other innovative bands that have recently gained a following, like sigur ros, it seems no one is even on the same level as these guys.
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.
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"A tiniest worried symphony." This is music for the death of an great ideal, and the question of whether or not it can rise again -- a painfully sad work for a world there seems no possible restoration for. I'm not sure whether the music gives me hope or takes hope away -- it is easier to think the former though, since the sorrowful initial themes eventually rise into something more defiant and strong by the end. This makes for extremely intense music and not something I am able to listen to often.
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.
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