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11/07/2000 godspeed you black emperor!: lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven

I had the chance to pick up the new godspeed you black emperor! release, lift yr skinny fists like antennas to heaven, and I have been deeply moved. Disc one surveys a darkened landscape of alienation and despair (the kind you'd expect from the capitalist tragedy illustrated in the gatefold). But amid all the apocalyptic gloom, there's hope--notably, that section starting around 18 minutes into the first track on disc 2 where the hip-hop-ish drumming kicks in like the sun breaking through the clouds. The glockenspiel duet is a great touch, as are the field recordings, and the quiet climax of disc 2 induces chills and cures them. But everything on this set is essential--truly one of the CDs of the year. More when I have the energy.

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