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Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

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Their Helicopters Sing
We Drift Like Worried Fire
Strung Like Lights At Thee Printemps Erable
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Total Tracks: 4   Total Length: 53:09

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor, 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
2012 | Label: Constellation / SC Distribution

When Godspeed You! Black Emperor disbanded in 2003, they didn’t exactly go out with a bang: Their last album, 2002′s undercooked, over-thought Yanqui U.X.O., was upstaged by its packaging, which included a chart that linked missile companies to major labels. So when the group reconvened in late 2010 to play a handful of dates, including All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, England, it seemed like a second chance. Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, their comeback full-length announced… read more »

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Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!


So "Mladic" and "We Drift Like Worried Fire" were called "Albanian" and "Gamelan" before and were only played live (see https://archive.org/details/gybe2003-05-14.shnf ). Good to have them in this great album and looking forward to see them live in a few days... 8)

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Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!


Socially stripped yet societally poignant, sonic insurgence carefully carved with a blunt chisel, it's music that reveals the splendour and purpose that may arise out of cooperatively antagonistic forms of aggression. Violence belongs to relativism and beauty is an attitude! The album managed to instantly energize me out of a lingering depression of sorts with its 1st track, and with absolutely no anger or angst aftertaste, just a wide smile! "Uplifting" may seem like a wholly contradictory qualifier for this band as well as much of their work (excluding the pretentious Yanqui U.X.O.), but there you have it; to be sure, apt album title.

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Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!


Actually, this album makes me a little crazy~

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Heed the Chart


This is a real compliment to emusic subscribers that an album of 4 instrumentats with two 6:30m ambient workouts sits so high and so long on the chart. Theatric, tense, expansive and always changing. Fantastic post-rock, imo one of the year's best.

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Great Stuff, but too accessible?


This is a great album by one of the best bands out there. It isn't as dark or strange as some of their previous albums. I guess it shows the band is evolving, but I would've liked to hear more of those awesome spoken samples and warped voices I heard in most of the older albums. Looks like they've gotten pretty popular with this one...

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It feels dirty...


... to admit I like a song called "Mladic". And yet I do.

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Not kidding


What am I missing ... sarcasm as well as serious comments welcome.

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See Them Live


They recently played 5 nights here in San Francisco. I wish I went every night. This performed live is very intense!

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Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!


I've discovered what killed the dinosaurs. They tore each other to shreds while listening to Mladic.

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By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

A whole bunch of new records worth investigating today. Let's get started: Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Alleujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!: The revered post-rock collective returns from a many-year slumber to resurrect their mighty sound. To hear Stephen Deusner tell it, time away has allowed them to rediscover and bear down on their strengths: Allelujah!, like their best material, conveys an unnameable dread that lies well outside the purview of lyrics (they don't have any) and standard song… more »