Explosions in the Sky
All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone


2.5
average

Review

by Displayed USER (4 Reviews)
October 29th, 2009 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gee, what a surprise - another post rock album

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed the "post rock paradox". Basically, what this means is that, while post rock used to be the sound of the future and evolution of rock music, it has become a tired formula with an ever growing number of bands using it (sounds familiar?). It looks like people like the members of A Silver Mt. Zion, This Will Destroy You, Mono, God Is An Astronaut and on, and on, haven't noticed that every possible "evolution" in post rock had already been done by 1999: the jazzy and krautrock-y (Cul De Sac, Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol), the electronic (Stereolab, Aphex Twin), the heavy (Isis and the like), and specially, the emotional, epic, crescendo-dependant of Mogwai and GY!BE.

Why have I decided to make this critique in this particular album? Simply because it exemplifies better than any other what I (and many others) mean. All of a Sudden...contains every post rock cliché you can think of: the effect ladden guitars, plenty of repetition, inventive drumming, crescendos, the dreamy atmosphere, the sad/melancholic feel....you name it, it's here.

The music itself it's not bad at all. This is very important to notice: if you like post rock you WILL enjoy this because, again, it has every element that makes you like it. This is the reason why I gave it a 2.5; while I'm tired of listening bands copying Mogwai I still enjoy the style, and I can't help but smile when an epic crescendo ends in pure catharsis (around 9 minutes into It's natural to be Afraid), or feel embraced by the usual trance-inducing atmospheres (What do you go Home to?).

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The most remarkable performance here is probably drummer Chris Krasky's, who plays exactly what is needed and usually is the driving force of the songs. He will change from subtle cymbal work to frantic drumming often many times in each song (The Birth and Death of the Day, Welcome Ghosts.

Apart from this, there was one track I truly liked, the closing piano driven So Long, Lonesome. It shows a welcomed variation from the classic rock band instrumentation and hints at a possible evolution of EITS's sound in the future.

PROS:
- Good instrumentation, specially the drums
- Pretty well achieved atmosphere crafting
- Lots of emotion et al

CONS:
- A sound similar to that of many other bands, a constant feeling of déj* vu
- Sometimes seems like all the emotion is fake

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user ratings (1114)
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other reviews of this album
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  • minty901 (5)
    All of a Sudden I'm lost for words....

    Richard Craig (4)
    ...

    The Door Mouse (4)
    Explosions in the sky use simple melodies to blend songs driven with heavily distorted gui...

    Ben (4)
    Explosions in the Sky continues their recent trend of adding slight changes in their sound...

  • RedMorningLight (4.5)
    A beautiful album that shows us all that is right in the evolution of music. One of 2007's...

    Jared W. Dillon (3.5)
    Explosions in the Sky release yet another solid release, even if it is a tad of a let down...


Comments:Add a Comment 
accompliceofmydeath
October 29th 2009


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Soundoff?

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Gyromania
October 29th 2009


16116 Comments


lmao

MassiveAttack
October 29th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ lol..yea.

I'll agree this is horribly overrated, but average? No, don't think so.

YouAreMySilence
October 29th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Negg'd.
Too short.
Way to biased.
And these guys aren't exactly pioneersm but if you did your research these guys aren't "another" post rock band.

WeepingBanana
October 29th 2009


10225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I seriously wish bands got more creative and stopped rehashing the same sound.


my friend, have you heard Do Make Say Think?

OllieS
October 29th 2009


2037 Comments


Got a pos from me for being concise. For your future reviews keep it that way, but include more detail.

Oblivioncry
October 29th 2009


601 Comments


reads more like a rant then a review....

neg'd

what you're sayin is that this album is actually nice to listen to, but coz its 'post-rock by numbers' you cant enjoy it o.O

btw i dont agree with that post-rock bands all use the same formula: Russian Circles is unlike Mono is unlike This will destroy you is unlike some sigur ros is unlike godspeed...

Displayed
October 29th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah, I know this was very short, but I really couldn't find anything distinctive to say about this

my friend, have you heard Do Make Say Think?


yes, and Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn is a great album, and that's why I didn't mention it as another "post rock copy"

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 29th 2009


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, can't say I like this review much, but it's your 2nd so I'll spare you a neg. Kinda agree with the rating, but I'm a 3, this is just meh for the most part.

ninjuice
October 29th 2009


6760 Comments


A little more on the music and this would be a strong review imo.

Lambda
October 29th 2009


2480 Comments


You barely review the music at all, and clearly just hate the genre. Neg.

cirq
October 29th 2009


9266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NNNNNNNNeg

Displayed
October 29th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You barely review the music at all, and clearly just hate the genre. Neg.


Not at all, I actually love the genre, I just feel like I've heard this all before.

Thanks for the comments, I'd like to edit my review so it speaks more about the music and make it less biased. Sorry for the ignorance, but how do I do it?

Displayed
October 29th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks, I'll do it right now

Fix'd! not much longer but less biased I think. Comment please

Wizard
October 29th 2009


19648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad review but it could use some polishing. I agree with your points but I'm a sucker for this type of music.

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Displayed
October 29th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

and i didnt mean you have to bold the song names haha italicize is m better


haha idk, I did the same thing on the Suma review, I thought I'd developed an M.O.


tehboneyking
November 2nd 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is the same as every other cd they've made: build release build release. that doesn't mean it's terrible, it's just a retread. every song is a retread.

maqwep
November 6th 2009


1046 Comments


lol noisecore

natey
November 6th 2009


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lots of emotion = / = seems like all the emotion is fake. and bah humbug "if you like post-rock you will enjoy this" makes me believe you'd consider this a successful album (they are a post-rock band). If you need variation and experimentation then don't listen to it. It doesn't make it any weaker. The closer does rule.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2011


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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lol



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