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Top Ten Gy!be Songs

My top ten Godspeed You! Black Emperor songs. "Storm" just barely missed the cut, but it's still great.
10Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

"We Drift Like Worried Fire" - The best track from ADBA, no question. It's twenty minutes long, so the song is split up into two parts, each ten minutes long. It feels like there's two songs in one, and though both of the parts follow roughly the same formula, they're both different enough to provide some variety. BEST MOMENT: 3:07 - 8:22
9Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...

"Antennas To Heaven" - The closer of LYSFLATH is one of the more ambient tracks Godspeed has made, and it truly shows their penchant for field recordings and random samples. Opening with one of the few times sung lyrics appear on a Godspeed record, the meat of this song is made up of a movement called "She Dreamt She Was A Bulldozer, She Dreamt She Was Alone In An Empty Field". A mouthful, yes, but certainly one of the best parts of this track and on the album as a whole. BEST MOMENT: 10:10 - 13:40
8Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F#A# (Infinity)

"The Dead Flag Blues" - The opener of F#A# may have one of the greatest spoken word pieces ever said in music, and sets the tone for the entire album. The strings that come through on this song are heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and the atmosphere is apocalyptic as well as giving off a feeling of isolation. That is, until the surprisingly upbeat ending movement of the song rolls around, giving off a very hopeful vibe. BEST MOMENT: 2:45 - 6:35
7Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada

"Moy" - One of only two tracks on SRFNZC, this song is an exercise in everything Godspeed does well. Excellent build-up? Check. Sprinkles of ambience? Check. Perfect atmosphere? Check. Wonderfully explosive crescendo? Check HARD. It may have a very standard structure for a post- rock song, but when it sounds like this, it doesn't really matter. I believe if you're going to start listening to Godspeed, this is the song you should check out first. BEST MOMENT: 4:56 - 9:01
6Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...

"Sleep" - Sleep was my initial favorite from LYSFLATH, and is probably the favorite of thousands of other fans. The second movement of the song, "Monhiem", features the use of screwdriver-picked guitars, which is a very unique touch, and makes for some of the most harrowing noises ever created. An ever-expanding crescendo highlights this movement, but the last five minutes of the final movement of the track is the defining moment. BEST MOMENT: 18:20 - 22:32
5Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F#A# (Infinity)

"East Hastings" - It may be Godspeed's most recognized song due to its inclusion in the acclaimed zombie film "28 Days Later". The bulk of this track is made up of a movement known as "The Sad Mafioso", which has one of the best build-ups they've ever written. Ethereal ambience takes up the last five minutes of the track, and it even reprises the first song on F#A#, "The Dead Flag Blues", with bagpipes during the beginning of the track. BEST MOMENT: 8:49 - 12:19
4Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Yanqui U.X.O.

"Rockets Fall On Rocket Falls" - At first, I didn't like this track at all. I thought it was so boring and I felt it just plodded along without really doing anything. Yet, one year changes a lot of things. It has quite possibly my favorite section of music Godspeed has ever made, as well as a huge tension- building middle section. Every time, I keep expecting there to be a grandiose crescendo, and it just never comes. The anticipation is such that you could cut the air with a butter knife. BEST MOMENT: 4:03 - 7:14
3Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...

"Static" - This is another track that grew on me pretty good. It has a purely ambient movement called "The Buildings, They Are Sleeping Now", that is in my humble opinion one of the greatest ambient sections in music history. The heartbreaking strings in "Chart #3", and the schizophrenic compositions of "World Police And Friendly Fire" make this track the best from LYSFLATH. BEST MOMENT: 4:40 - 7:20
2Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada

"Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" - The last of two tracks on SRFNZC, this track features an interview with a political extremist who believes that the world is in such disarray that he can't even imagine what it will look like in a few years. The piano and low strings weaving in and out of the interview give way to a couple of massive crescendos that are among the best Godspeed has made, even when you know they're coming. BEST MOMENT: 11:00 - 14:45
1Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F#A# (Infinity)

"Providence" - The ultimate track of F#A#, this is the pinnacle of Godspeed's work. They touch on everything here: Expertly crafted build-ups, beautiful ambience, fitting field recordings and samples, massive crescendos, and the greatest example of an apocalyptic atmosphere ever put to wax. No movement in this track is as good alone as it is with each other, and there is not a single minute over the entire thing that is put to waste. And that is even with about four minutes of silence near the end of the track. Absolutely essential post-rock. BEST MOMENT: All of them, but if I had to choose it would be 6:07 - 10:48
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