Do Make Say Think
You, You're a History in Rust


4.5
superb

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
February 24th, 2007 | 90 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do Make Say Think better themselves yet again with the most richly diverse release of their career thus far.

For over 10 years now, Do Make Say Think have been one of the more impressive bands on the Constellation Records roster, alongside such other acts as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am and A Silver Mt. Zion (or whatever they're called this week). They've been used to great effect in films such as Syriana and The Corporation (a film which would seem to share a lot of views with Constellation). Over the years, Do Make Say Think have gained a reputation for being increasingly consistent, each record being better than the one before it. Three years in the making, You, You're a History in Rust is the fifth Do Make Say Think album.

In the last year or so, it has become something of a cliché in itself for music journalists to talk about post-rock as stagnating genre of music that relies on little more than clichés. Post-rock is dead or at least dying, apparently. If this is to be believed - and it certainly isn't wrong that many post-rock bands use same recycled major key riffs over and over - then Do Make Say Think have really thrown a spanner into the works with You, You're a History in Rust. Not that they haven't been a very different sort of band from the start; their use of a dominating bass guitar, their spacey electronics and their jazz-style drums have long set them apart from their peers.

When most of the standards of the post-rock genre are considered, it's fantastic to see how few of them are present on You, You're a History in Rust. There are no crescendos, loud/soft dynamics, repetitive building riffs or long ambient/noise sections. The music involves the listener, each song being a different experience, yet is not dramatic or overly emotional in the vein of Sigur Ros or Explosions in the Sky. The album even has sections that are heavily influenced by folk, country or bluegrass music, something that you would be hard pressed to find on an average post-rock album.

"A With Living" (as well as the closer, "In Mind"), the gorgeous second track of You, You're a History in Rust features a first for Do Make Say Think; vocals, albeit fairly unconventional ones. The vocals, courtesy of guests and not the band, sound much more like the freak-folk leanings of bands such as Animal Collective and make the song feel more like a front-porch folk tune than a rock epic. Elsewhere, "The Universe!" is probably the loudest, heaviest Do Make Say Think song ever. Thankfully, it doesn't trade melody for chaos and, featuring stop-start dynamics, heavily distorted guitars, pounding drums, is one of the album's most beautiful tracks.

You, You're a History in Rust is one a wonderful album with 8 tracks, all contributing to whole work (perhaps a common theme), yet wonderfully unique from each other in terms of timbre and instrumentation. Once again, Do Make Say Think have proved themselves to be one of the most exceptional bands creating instrumental music. Their musicianship is flawless and there, quite honestly, are very few moments of imperfection. You, You're a History in Rust is nothing short of an experience; emotional enough to take the listener on a journey, and subtle enough so that not a moment of the record feels contrived. At this point in time, You, You're a History in Rust is both the best album for Do Make Say Think yet and the best album for 2007 yet.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 25th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good stuff

Zmev
February 25th 2007


983 Comments


I still gotta hear this.

AlienEater
February 25th 2007


716 Comments


I want some dmst

Neoteric
February 25th 2007


3243 Comments


well done

you have beat pixiesfanyo for once



pixiesfanyo
February 25th 2007


1223 Comments


I like this album alot.

Two-Headed Boy
February 25th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great work. This album is amazing.

MassiveAttack
February 27th 2007


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If I enjoy GYBE!, would I enjoy this?

Eliminator
February 27th 2007


2067 Comments


There isn't a lot about DMST that resembles Godspeed besides a few typical post rock characteristics.

samthebassman
May 27th 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stunning album.

Intransit
December 7th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album has plenty of crescendos and build ups. They aren't extremely stereotypical post-rock ones, but they are definitely there.

Aficionado
December 7th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to "A With Living", I didn't think much of it. Maybe I should listen to it again.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 11th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow this is pretty sick. I'm surprised I made it the whole year without people forcing this upon me in the good kidna way.

Neoteric
April 6th 2008


3243 Comments


album is tiiight.

Aficionado
April 6th 2008


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Please disregard my last comment. This album is too good, 'A With Living' is probably one of the best songs of 2007.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2008


15737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^yeah pretty much

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

Shadowskos
September 18th 2008


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"In Mind" is beautiful, bumped to a 4 because of that song.

Serpento
September 18th 2008


2351 Comments


i forgot how great this was.

Yotimi
June 17th 2010


6493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Liking this a lot. Thank you staff decade list

qwe3
June 17th 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this aint even their best album. that's how retardedly good this band is

Yotimi
June 17th 2010


6493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what's their best?



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