Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada


4.0
excellent

Review

by erasedcitizen USER (7 Reviews)
October 28th, 2009 | 35 replies | 2,639 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I think that sadness is the most powerful emotion one can feel. When tears swell behind regretful eyes and blissful dreams turn into depressing memories upon regrettably awakening from their bindings, a distinct feeling surges through the body and tranquilizes it with despair. Dormant, the desire to live slowly leaves you, replaced by the desire to repay the debt weighing shame down to the pit of your stomach. As an attempt to expose the disgraceful remorse between the lines of the story of society, what is Godspeed You! Black Emperor if not a success? Through musical pastures of turbulence and calm, “Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada” keeps their signature consistency intact, and their gloomy perception of the human union, or lack thereof. A cinematic brilliance is present throughout this epic; aside from the politically-fueled sampling, “Slow Riot” explains the importance of crescendo/decrescendo and abstractly, climax, and it ascends to that in the slow burning fashion of a classic drama. Godspeed is a warning, an idea that should strike you like a bolt of lightning or a stiff jab – in the realm of those particular tastes of reality, the summit of their career is atop a mountain of truths, built on the grounds that us mere men cannot see it unless it towers over our petty conflicts and interests. The metaphoric value of this record is deftly supported by a monumental composition, one of the building blocks of this illustrious musical pursuit that I hope will one day recover.

Blaise Bailey Finnegan III features a spoken word interview that states the claim, “Most people are in agreement with what I’m saying.” The interviewee sees deceit in governmental routine in a country where the condition of living isn’t quite what people think it is. The paradoxical impulsive and logical nature of humans distracts this man the way it does most everyone else: when required to play along redundantly, a fever of rebellion takes over his body, jeopardizing his safety since in the eyes of the judge whose courtroom he so rabidly enlightens, he is barbaric, and enough people will think similarly to put him away where no harm can be done. The despair of this song expresses disappointment in a songwriter whose views are no different, sitting aside as another one bites the dust. When Blaise Bailey Finnegan III gains intensity and subsequent tranquility, harmony is represented, and this is a most important harmony, that of both anger and compassion, two emotions extensively present on this record and also in every living thing on this Earth, especially those that misuse them (us).

The final moments of Moya will also show you the significant harmony I refer to. Those violins are so compelling for the wake they leave behind is just as. That instrument plays a leading role in this performance, as strings usually do in Godspeed’s music, but “Slow Riot” is especially mysterious because of those stringed mediums of melancholy. What seems to be shrouded in enigma is simply represented by a most beautiful shade of grey. Each note played is drenched in passionate emphasis, and rarely is a melody so potent that it cannot be preferred to another in the same song, because they are all exactly as they should be to convey something so foreboding. This music swims through the thoughts of one looking in from the outside of catastrophe, like a disgruntled citizen watching the world decline on television. The mournful sound of loneliness and emotional decay expresses the shame this unhappily passive commoner feels – a character who tends to resurface throughout Godspeed’s discography, but who is most personally and masterfully exemplified on “Slow Riot”. The brooding start of Moya is calamity by way of instrument; I detect haste within its grief, escalating to the commencement of the event that will (or should; sadly I digress from fantasy) change it all forever. “Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada” scores the tainted days leading up to apocalypse, but it never reaches it; a prequel to “F#A#Infinity”.



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Chewie
October 28th 2009



4531 Comments


I kinda agree with the review, I'm not feeling this album as much as I'd thought : /

fromtheinside
October 28th 2009



18011 Comments


the albums spans a time close to 30 minutes, yet they're are only 2 songs. i just don't have that kind of attention span.

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erasedcitizen
October 28th 2009



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I certainly do feel this album, but it is inferior to counterpart F#A#Infinity.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2009



15730 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

don't know how anyone can think this is an inferior godspeed release

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scotish
October 28th 2009



835 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this might be a brilliant review but the first paragraph confused me so much I'm not entirely sure... should I apologise? : (

Chewie
October 28th 2009



4531 Comments


perhaps I should read reviews before assuming what they say :P

You're writing style is a little pretentious man. Its very deep and whatnot, but you write so linguistically and intricately about the emotion of the record that you barely talk about the record itself. I like preachy reviews, but the preachiness should come out after delving into a the music a little but more.

Oh and your review makes this sound like a 5, so why is it a 4?

Chewie
October 28th 2009



4531 Comments


perhaps I should read reviews before assuming what they say :P

You're writing style is a little pretentious man. Its very deep and whatnot, but you write so linguistically and intricately about the emotion of the record that you barely talk about the record itself. I like preachy reviews, but the preachiness should come out after delving into a the music a little but more.

Oh and your review makes this sound like a 5, so why is it a 4?

erasedcitizen
October 28th 2009



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rating an album a 4 out of 5 doesn't mean it has any flaws, but that it perfectly executes an excellent idea, as opposed to a revolutionary one, and I would rate a revolutionary album like F#A#Infinity a 5 out of 5.

YouAreMySilence
October 28th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This would be a 5 if there was more material.

Chewie
October 28th 2009



4531 Comments


well most albums aren't "executing ideas," I think you're being a little over-critical about your ratings.

erasedcitizen
October 28th 2009



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If not then what are they doing?

Two-Headed Boy
October 28th 2009



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is easily my favorite album by these guys.

Chewie
October 28th 2009



4531 Comments


If not then what are they doing?


making music.

erasedcitizen
October 28th 2009



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which is an action (execution) fueled by inspiration (ideas).

Chewie
October 28th 2009



4531 Comments


fine, but there's a lot more to music then just how well it exectues whatever initial ideas the music might be based on.

SleepyJack
October 28th 2009



198 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think that f#a# is slightly superior to this, simply because this just isn't long enough to have the same epic grandure that f#a# has. All the same I'd much rather that they release a concise album with this quality than strech the material too thin. (I rekon both > antennas btw)

Chewie
October 28th 2009



4531 Comments


haven't heard it yet.

Gyromania
October 28th 2009



15482 Comments


Godspeeds best album, hands down.

Prophet178
October 28th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This review makes it sound like a 5.

Yazz_Flute
October 28th 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nah this is a 5

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