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|Explosions From Best To Worst|
Whether or not you like post-rock, if you participate in Sputnik culture, you've heard of it. You can either revel in the great achievements of the genre, or dismiss it because of perceived monotony. One band that traverses the lows and highs of the genre is Explosions in the Sky. Here I will offer up my opinions on their 5 studio efforts (I'm not counting The Rescue since that was recorded in a week as an experiment). How would you have ranked these albums differently?
|1||Explosions in the Sky|
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
This album is one of the pillars of post-rock. Unabashedly guitar-centric, the song-craft here is superb. TEINACDP is wonderfully layered and expansive, and it captures the essence of nostalgia expertly. On their 3rd effort, EITS wrote and recorded a snapshot of every uplifting moment you could ever think of. However, the one drawback is the slight sterility of the production, if a more visceral sound were captured, this could've been a 5/5 for me.
|2||Explosions in the Sky|
All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
While this album does feel like "TEINACDP Part 2", EITS turned the focus on the darker, spacey moments of that part of their evolution. For that reason, this album has always stood out, even from the first listen. While this band never really showcase any brooding or ominous post-rock textures, AOASIME got really damn close, and it was awesome to see Explosions trying to diversify a sound that could've become stale at that point. It's not as good as their 2004 opus, but nevertheless it is essential post-rock listening.
|3||Explosions in the Sky|
Those Who Tell the Truth...
An album that was given a false 9/11 controversy (perhaps that's how Explosions got big in the first place). Aside from that, it's a great leap from their debut, as the band write more complex and developed songs, even adding some great spoken-word sampling. At this point the songs were becoming more powerful, while retaining a slight trace of the innocence of the first record.
|4||Explosions in the Sky|
How Strange, Innocence
Aptly titled, How Strange, Innocence, captures very well a child-like sense of being. A young sound from (then) a young band. This album was a great indicator of what was to come from one of the seminal post-rock groups. Opposite from the groups best effort, it suffers from lack-luster production, which is understandable, seeing as it was a self-released debut.
|5||Explosions in the Sky|
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Of every album on this list, this is the one I advise against. While it's not really bad, it's not memorable in much of any way. It's the epitome of the negative stereotypes of the genre. It doesn't evoke any emotional response at all, and that's the whole point of post-rock. It pains me to say, but TC,TC,TC firmly placed EITS in the realm of washed-up post-rockers that have lost what made them pioneers (second wave?) in the first place .
|Great list dude. 1 is incredible.|
|thanks man! and it totally is.|
|I slightly prefer 3 over 2, but your ranking is good. |
|i love 4. it will always be my favorite, even though 1 and 2 are amazing as well.|
|I kinda think that 5 gets more hate than it deserves, it has one of my favorite EITS songs, Postcards From 1952.|
|Honestly I wouldn't call it a bad album, it just had no replay value for me personally. I was more disappointed than anything
else when I heard it.|
|1 is great, yeah. I've never gotten completely through 2 and I've always wanted to listen to 4|
|do it right now|
list should have been a movie explosion ranking with the death star near the top
|1 is like 5 this or dei|
|I agree with Faraudo. Postcards from 1952 is amazing. |
|only have heard 2 and its good|
|i love 5, personally. "let me back in" and "last known surroundings" are fabulous songs.|